Police: Man confessed to killing mother with pen before his death — (WLWT5)

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Officers shoot, kill suspect early Monday

UPDATED 7:04 PM EST Feb 24, 2014

CINCINNATI —Two people were killed at a home on Lincoln Avenue early Monday morning, one of them by a police officer.

Cincinnati police provided updates regarding the officer-involved shooting Monday morning on Lincoln Avenue.

Assistant Police Chief James Whalen said officers were sent to a home in the 1200 block of Lincoln Avenue around 5 a.m. Monday after a 911 call.

A report states that the Gregory Sanders, 37, told a dispatcher he killed his mother.

Whalen said that officers were informed on the way that there may be a homicide in the home.

Four officers responded to the scene. When they arrived, they confronted Sanders, who was sitting in his living room, Whalen said.

Sanders did not initially respond to the officers, but he picked up a Chiang Kai-shek rifle with a bayonet on the end of it, authorities said.

The officers retreated out of the house and took cover behind some police cars, but the officers said Sanders was approaching them, holding a rifle in a shooting position.

Whalen said Sanders pointed the rifle at the officers, at which point three of the four officers fired, hitting and killing Sanders.

Sanders continued walking toward police despite more than 20 verbal warnings from the officers and even after the first bullets struck him, Whalen said.

A total of 20 shots were fired by officers. Sanders was struck in the torso and in the head. The officers continued to fire until Sanders collapsed to the ground.

A woman, identified as Deborah Sanders, Gregory Sanders’ mother, was found dead inside the home, Whalen said. She suffered a stab wound, Whalen said.

Gregory Sanders resided at the home with his mother, who was gravely ill with brain cancer. Gregory Sanders was her caretaker.

According to reports, the weapon Sanders used to kill his mother was a pen.  A family member at the scene said he was shocked and disturbed to find out what had happened.

“He had some mental issues, it had to be. For somebody to do something like that, they can’t be in their right mind. He needed to be mentally evaluated. He needed to be on some anti-depressants or something,” the victim’s cousin, Michael Thompson said.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, Whalen said Sanders was generally physically and mentally healthy, and there had been no significant contact with him in the system.

Neighbors said over the past week or so, Sanders had appeared stressed.

It is unclear what led to the incident, Whalen said.

Whalen also said that Sanders’ rifle was not loaded, however officers were not aware of that at the time of the shooting.

The officers involved in Monday’s incident were:

    • Officer Kenneth Grubbs, member of CPD since 1998.
    • Officer Stephanie Greene, member of CPD since 2008.
    • Officer Michael Moore, member of CPD since 2007
    • Officer William Keuper, member of CPD since 1999.

Grubbs, Greene and Moore fired their weapons. Keuper was in a different area and did not discharge his weapon.

All four officers are on standard seven-day leave after the shooting, Whalen said. He said it appears no policies were violated.

No officers were injured during the incident.

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STABBING TO DEATH HIS MOTHER… IS KILLED BY POLICE… AFTER CONFRONTING OFFICERS.. WITH A RIFLE! AND JUST A SHORT TIME AGO.. CINCINNATI POLICE RELEASED NEW DETAILS HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN. POLICE SAY IT WAS A TERRIFYING SITUATION .. THAT QUICKLY ESCALATED… WHEN THE SUSPECT BROKE INTO A NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE… AND ADMITTED TO KILLING HIS MOTHER. WLWT NEWS FIVE’S BRIAN HAMRICK…. IS LEADING THE WAY… WITH THE BREAKING DETAILS JUST RELEASED BY POLICE. BRIAN. . POLICE SAY BEGAN WHEN THE GOT A 911 … IT WAS GREGORY SANDERS… A NEIGHBOR DIALED FOR HIM… HE SAID HE HAD JUST MURDER HIS MOM. WHEN POLICE ARRIVED SANDERS WAS IN HIS LIVING ROOM… HE DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING BUT CAME AT THEM WITH A RIFLE… AND BAYONETTE… OFFICERS RAN OUT OF THE HOUSE AND TOOK COVER… BY THIS TIME 4 OFFICERS ARRIVED. THEY SAY SANDERS KEEPS COMING. (outcue: behind the white van”) THAT OFFICER SHOT ONCE… THEY SAY SANDERS TURNED HIS ATTENTION TO THE OTHER OFFICERS … BEFORE IT WAS OVER POLICE FIRED 20 SHOTS. THOSE WHO KNOW SANDERS CAN’T BELIEVE IT ALL.. IT WAS A DOUBLE DEADLY DAY ON LINCOLN ave… (witness “They was shooting… I thought it was fire crackers…”) POLICE SURROUND THE ADDRESS WHERE A MAN WAS SHOT BY OFFICERS AFTER INVESTIGATORS SAY HE HAD KILLED HIS OWN MOTHER. THE FIRST INDICATION THAT THERE WAS SERIOUS TROUBLE … BEGAN JUST MINUTES EARLIER AT MARK FOSTER’S DOOR… WHEN THE MAN BROKE THE WINDOW OUT. (Mark foster/witness “he came banging on the door… to wake me up which he did and said I just murdered my mom…”) FOSTER SAID THE MAN … WAS AN UNARMED NEIGHBOR HE KNEW VERY WELL… GREGORY SANDERS… DESCRIBED AS VERY LIKABLE … TOOK CARE OF HIS MOTHER WHO HAD BRAIN CANCER BUT HAD LOST HIS JOB AND IN THE PAST FEW DAYS BEGAN ACTING STRANGE … LOOKING WILD AND UNKEMPT AT TIMES. ( hamrick ” so some odd behavior in the days leading up to this.” Mark foster/witness “Really odd really yea really odd it’s shocking to me big time.”) FOSTER SAYS HE CALLED 911 AFTER SANDERS TOLD HIM HE KILLED HIS MOM … HE SAYS BY THE TIME HE GOT HIS SHOES … THERE WERE GUNSHOTS. SANDERS WAS DEAD. THOSE WHO KNEW SANDERS BEST ARE STUNNED. (Michael Thompson / Cousin of Victims “My mother was at the kitchen table crying, letting me know what happened. We’re family, we got pictures together. Baby pictures together.”) MICHAEL THOMPSON KNEW SANDERS LIKE A BROTHER … AND SAYS HE HAD SOME ISSUES IN THE PAST BUT DIDN’T EXPECT ANYTHING LIKE THIS. (Michael Thompson / Cousin of Victims “honestly he was a good person. Life stresses lead up to this, it had to, it had to.”) SANDER’S MOTHER … DEBRA SANDER HAD BEEN STABBED… SHE SANDER’S MOTHER … DEBRA SANDER HAD BEEN STABBED… SHE WAS DEAD INSIDE THE HOME. SANDERS GUN WAS NOT LOADED… OFFICERS DID NOT KNOW THAT… ALL 4 OFFICERS ARE ON 7 DAY LEAVE FOR NOW… NO POLICIES VIOLATED. LIVE… BRIAN HAMRICK… WLWT… NEWS FIVE. ALL 4 OFFICERS INVOLVED ARE ON 7 DAY LEAVE FOR NOW… POLICE SAY IT APPEARS NO POLICIES VIOLATED. MAJOR CUTS… PROPOSED FOR OUR MILITARY.