UPDATE: Maryland State Police release new details about apparent murder-suicide in Smithsburg
SMITHSBURG, Md. (WDVM) – There is new information from the Maryland State Police about what was found in the gray Ford Edge on Ringold Pike, where the bodies of former Baltimore County cop Robert Vicosa and Tia Bynum, and Vicosa’s two daughters, were discovered became.
“The update at this point in time includes four firearms that were in the vehicle, a Glock pistol, two nine-millimeter handguns, one in the front seat and one in the back seat, and an assault rifle that was in the back seat,” said Elena Russo, a spokeswoman for the Maryland State Police.
Police await autopsy results and ballistic tests to find out who fired the gun and what gun was used in the murders.
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“At this point, the investigation suggests that the suspected shooter was most likely Vicosa, but our ballistics match will determine which weapon was fired in that vehicle that resulted in all four deaths,” Russo said.
The police believe that Tia Bynum was the driver of the Ford Escape. You now have more information about what could have happened in the moments before the four deaths.
“These shots occurred less than 30 seconds after the police emergency equipment was activated because the driver did not brake or there were no maneuvers to suggest that she was in control of the vehicle,” said Russo.
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Baltimore County Police are working on their own investigation after Vicosa was kidnapped and hijacked in a car in Cockeysville on Wednesday, but released without harm. Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt posted this statement on Twitter in which she partially says:
“The tragedy that happened yesterday was more than terrible. That was a selfish and senseless act of violence that shook us to the core. “
Before they were found dead, Vicosa and Bynum wanted refugees in Pennsylvania and Maryland after they committed a number of capital crimes, including the kidnapping of Vicosa’s daughters Giana and Aaminah.
Maryland Police say no motive is currently known and they will continue their investigation into the four deaths.