(AP) – Prosecutors say a St. Louis-area man charged with fatally shooting his girlfriend, her two young children and her mother could face the death penalty once the investigation is complete.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that authorities are still investigating what led to the shooting late Friday. Richard Darren Emery of St. Charles, Missouri, is facing 15 charges, including first-degree murder.
Emery, who often goes by his middle name Darren, exchanged gunfire with officers as he fled. He was captured several hours later – wounded and covered in blood.
St. Charles is a city of about 70,000 residents on the Missouri River northwest of St. Louis.
A candlelight vigil was planned Sunday evening to honor the victims: 61-year-old Jane Moeckel, 39-year-old Kate Kasten, 8-year-old Zoe Kasten and 10-year-old Jonathan Kasten.