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The 35-year-old Orlando man who shot and killed four children during a 21-hour standoff with police June 10 and 11 had been in a DeLand courtroom May 23 for  violating the terms of his probation.

The Orlando Police Department said Gary Wayne Lindsey Jr. killed himself June 11, after shooting to death his two children and his girlfriend’s two children, ages 1, 6, 10 and 11, inside the couple’s home.

The girlfriend, police said, had left the apartment Sunday evening and summoned police after being battered by Lindsey. When police responded, Lindsey shot Orlando Officer Kevin Valencia, who remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Following the shooting of Valencia, dozens more officers from the Orlando Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office attempted to communicate and negotiate with Lindsey through the night and the following day. Finally, about 8:30 p.m. Monday, officers entered the apartment to find Lindsey and the children all dead.

The probation violation for a Seminole County retail theft that brought Lindsey to West Volusia in May stemmed from a 2008 incident in Orange City.

The 2008 case involved domestic violence and arson. Court records show Lindsey had gone to the home of his estranged girlfriend and, after an argument, destroyed her belongings, poured gasoline in the home, and set the house on fire.

He was released May 23, after being returned to supervised probation and with modifications to his scheduled payments of restitution relating to the arson.

— Barb Shepherd


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