A man suspected of killing four people, including a 1-year-old boy, and wounding a 15-year-old girl in a shooting at a Dallas home has died after shooting himself during a chase with police several hours later, authorities said Monday.
Byron Carrillo, 21, fled the home after the murder late Sunday afternoon and then stole a vehicle, according to authorities. About four hours later, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper spotted a car matching the description the suspect was driving on Interstate 35 in Austin, about 200 miles (321 kilometers) south of Dallas, and attempted to stop him, DPS said.
Dallas Police spokeswoman Kristen Lowman confirmed to Noticias Telemundo that Carillo had left the scene of the crime and stolen a car.
Authorities identified the deceased as 1-year-old Logan De La Cruz; Vanessa de la Cruz (20); Karina López (33) and José López (50). Pictured is Rufina..., third from left, who spoke to Noticias Telemundo.GoFundMe
When Carrillo tried to elude the officer, he crashed into a concrete barrier and crashed the car to take an exit, DPS said. He then fled on foot behind a business and shot himself in a parking lot, authorities said.
Officers who responded to the home, located on the southeast edge of the city, on Sunday, Dec. 3, discovered that five people had been shot and wounded. Three adults died at the scene. The 1-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl were taken to a hospital, where the 1-year-old died and the teen was treated and released. Police said a 13-year-old girl was also inside the home at the time of the shooting, but she was not injured.
The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the deceased as 1-year-old Logan De La Cruz; Vanessa de la Cruz (20); Karina López (33), and José López (50).
Vanessa De La Cruz had dated Carrillo.
According to relatives of the victims cited by local station WFAA, Carrillo was the father of the 1-year-old child.
A man believed to be Carrillo posted a video of an X-ray on Facebook in April 2022, with the message: "A blessing [...] to have a child with the woman I love." The post was replied to by Vanessa with the text: "Our miracle baby, it's what we needed in our lives."
"Why did they leave me?" Rufina López told Noticias Telemundo in tears, commenting on the death of her relatives.
"I'm very affected. I didn't expect this. I thought they were alive," he said.
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In October 2021, Carrillo was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after threatening Vanessa and Jose Lopez with a firearm in August 2021, according to court records.
"The father of my granddaughter's [Vanessa's] child [Carrillo] had already threatened her," Lopez told Noticias Telemundo.
Those cases were still pending and a court hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office said.
Byron Carrillo, 21. Telemundo News
Police said Carrillo was on probation and had an ankle monitor but cut it off sometime before or immediately after the shooting.
The young man was prohibited from having contact with the victims, being arrested again and possessing a weapon. Less than two years later, however, he was arrested again.
According to court documents, he was facing five charges for an incident at his home on Feb. 12 that involved assault, terroristic threat and damage. Although three of the charges had been dismissed, two were listed as pending.
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According to police records, Carrillo shot into the tires of two vehicles and punched his brother and two other men in the face repeatedly.
Court documents also show that Carrillo lived next door to the house where the crime took place.
The use of ankle monitors has been a topic of debate in Texas over the past year, in the wake of several homicides in Dallas in which suspects were wearing one.
A new state law went into effect in September that makes it a crime to deactivate or withdraw it. Previously, their disconnection was considered only an administrative infraction.
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Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia has opposed the use of them in the case of violent offenders because, in his opinion, they do not prevent them from committing serious crimes.
Authorities said the Texas Rangerswill investigate Carrillo's death.
With information from The Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and ABC News