Police: Body Found Inside Van Identified as Murder Suspect
Police SWAT team members swarmed a Florida parking lot on Monday, March 5, in pursuit of a murder suspect believed to be in a van there, ABC affiliate Local 10 News reported.
The van was parked at the Rooms To Go parking lot in Sunrise, Florida.
However, there was only the body of a man found inside the vehicle, which has been identified as belonging to Pedro Torres, the murder suspect they were after.
Torres died as a result of a “self-inflicted gunshot wound” according to an updated 1:39 p.m. tweet by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
— IRCSheriff (@IRCSheriff) March 5, 2018
Police found him dead inside the van about two hours after SWAT members surrounded the vehicle at around 9:30 a.m. Monday, the Miami Herald reported.
Police had been looking for Torres since Sunday after his wife, 45-year-old Vicky Torres, was found dead in her home at about 7:45 a.m.
The sheriff’s office believed Torres had murdered her before fleeing to Broward County. She was found dead inside her Vero Beach home.
According to comments under the sheriff’s office Facebook post, multiple people claimed that they had seen a violent side to Torres.
Some people even claimed that Torres beat his daughter with a belt at school one time. The couple had three children, the Miami Herald reported.
The murder of his wife was believed to have been a domestic matter.
Sheriff Dery Loar said two children were at home at the time of the murder. Pedro also allegedly called his mother after leaving the home.
On Sunday police warned that Pedro was believed to be armed and dangerous.
“Tragically, we have experienced another domestic violence homicide in our county. We know that domestic violence is a crime that spans all socioeconomic boundaries,” Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar stated. “We are working with our partners in South Florida to locate and apprehend Pedro Torres so he can be held accountable for this crime.”