Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 31 July 2014

Body found in gunman's burnt home

William Spengler set his house ablaze to lure firefighters into a death trap (AP)
A screengrab showing homes on fire in an area where a gunman ambushed four volunteer firefighters responding to a house fire (AP/WHAM13-TV)

Police have found human remains in the burned-out home of the New York state ex-convict who killed two firefighters.

They believe the victim is the gunman's sister.

Police Chief Gerald Pickering said the remains were found in the charred house that 62-year-old William Spengler shared with his 67-year-old sister, Cheryl.

A medical examiner will need to determine the identity.

Police said William Spengler armed himself with a revolver, shotgun and military-style rifle before he set his house on fire to lure first responders into a pre-dawn death trap on Christmas Eve.

Mr Pickering says Spengler "was equipped to go to war".

Spengler killed himself as seven houses burned around him.

A friend said Spengler hated his sister, but police said a motive has yet to be determined.

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