Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 08/29/2011

‘Hurricane murders’ suspect found dead in Pennsylvania woods

Leonard John Egland. (AP)
An Army officer suspected of killing four people in Pennsylvania and Virginia and then fleeing police during Tropical Storm Irene, was found dead Sunday in a wooded area in Pennsylvania.

In a case that is being dubbed the “hurricane murders,” Leonard John Egland, 37, of Fort Lee, Va., is suspected of killing his former mother-in-law, his ex-wife’s boyfriend, and the boyfriend’s son before kidnapping his own daughter. He later left his daughter unharmed at a Pennsylvania hospital, the AP reports.

Police officers chased Egland through the wind and drenching rains near Philadelphia Saturday night, warning residents to stay indoors and keep their doors locked.

Shortly before midnight, Egland fired a semiautomatic rifle at several of the officers, wounding two of them, and then fled to the Philadelphia suburb of Jamison, which was kept on lockdown during the storm.

Egland’s body was later found behind a gas station. Police said it appeared he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Egland had recently returned from his third deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

By  |  11:37 AM ET, 08/29/2011

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