An Indiana doctor was arrested Monday, after allegedly murdering three adults and an 11-year-old boy in a revenge plot after his 2001 firing from a Nebraska medical school.
Dr. Anthony Garcia, 40, was booked after a traffic stop by Illinois State Police in Union County, in southern Illinois, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer told The Associated Press.
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The Indiana doctor is accused of breaking into the Omaha home of Creighton University medical school pathology professor Roger Brumback in May. Investigators believe the Indiana doctor fatally shot the professor and stabbed his wife Mary to death, Schmaderer said. Garcia is also suspected in the 2008 fatal stabbings of the son of another Creighton pathology professor, William Hunter, and his housekeeper in an affluent Omaha neighborhood, just blocks from the home of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
Schmaderer said 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and the housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, were likely not the intended targets of the attack and that investigators believe the Indiana doctor acted alone.
Illinois authorities are holding Garcia, of Terre Haute, Ind., on suspicion of four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of using a weapon to commit a felony, Schmaderer said. The Indiana doctor appeared to be intoxicated and was in possession of a .45-caliber handgun when he was arrested, he said.
An Illinois State Police official declined to discuss details of Garcia's arrest or detention.
Schmaderer said the Indiana doctor was a department resident when Brumback and Hunter fired him in 2001 because he displayed erratic behavior. The police chief didn't provide further details and he declined to discuss the evidence used to build the case against Garcia.
Public records show that since 2003, the Indiana doctor has held medical licenses in California, Illinois, and Indiana, but his temporary Indiana license expired in January.
One of the Brumbacks' three children, Darryl, said the family had no comment about the arrest. A male relative of Sherman's also declined to speak. The Hunter family didn't respond to a phone message seeking comment.
It was not immediately clear if the Indiana doctor had an attorney.
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