Gunman accused of killing girlfriend 2 days after domestic battery arrest dies after threatening deputy

Photo by Eduardo Lopez Garcia. Courtesy of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, a man accused of killing his girlfriend and stabbing a pet just days after being released from jail on domestic battery charges has died after charging law enforcement officers order with a knife.

SCSO says deputies were called to investigate a possible battery in the 800 block of E. Seminole Drive in Venice around 5 p.m. Friday.

According to SCSO, the first deputy at the scene was approached by a knife-wielding suspect, who was bleeding profusely from the chest area. The deputy said he verbally told the suspect to drop the knife, but the man threw it at the deputy and charged him.

The deputy used non-lethal force and brought the suspect to the ground, using the butt of his agency-issued firearm to defend himself during the attack, according to SCSO.

After the suspect finally complied, deputies say they entered the residence and found a woman inside with multiple stab wounds.

When paramedics arrived, rescue efforts were attempted on the suspect and the woman, but both were pronounced dead.

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Deputies say they also found an animal inside the house with multiple stab wounds. The animal is currently in critical condition.

The MP was taken to hospital but did not sustain any serious injuries. SCSO says it is withholding the MP’s name because he is the victim of an assault.

The suspect has been identified as Eduardo Lopez Garcia, 48.

According to the SCSO, Garcia was arrested on August 24 for domestic assault and was released on bail the following day.

Detectives believe both deaths were the result of murder-suicide.