Truck Driver Arrested For Gruesome Killings Of His Wife And 3 In-laws
West Chester Township, Ohio – A truck driver was arrested on Tuesday in connection to the gruesome slayings of his wife and three of his in-laws.
37-year-old Gurpreet Singh was taken into custody on Tuesday, July 2nd in a Walmart parking lot in Branford, Connecticut, according to Butler County, Ohio officials.
Singh is facing four charges of aggravated murder.
Authorities say Singh killed his wife, 39-year-old Shalinderjit Kaur, in their West Chester apartment on April 28.
Investigators said Kaur was found on the dining room floor having been shot three times.
Kaur’s parents and aunt were also brutally executed, according to investigators.
Kaur’s father, Hakiakat Pannag, 59, was shot in the head eight times and Pannag’s wife, Parmjit Kaur, 62, was shot four times in the head and once in the arm.
Parmjit’s sister, 58-year-old Amarjit Kaur, who was visiting from India, was found in the living room shot twice in the head.
Newly released Butler County Court records say Singh used a 9mm handgun.
Further, court documents state the charges are based on “observations of officers, physical evidence, statements of witnesses and statements of the offender.”
Singh Placed 911 Call
Singh placed a 911 call alerting the authorities to the scene on April 28.
Singh sobbed as he told the dispatcher, “My wife and my family are on the ground bleeding. They’re on the ground. They’re on the ground and they’re bleeding.”
Two additional 911 calls were placed, one by a neighbor who claimed they overheard a man banging on doors and screaming for help.
Authorities reportedly questioned Singh at the scene and took blood, DNA samples, and Singh’s clothes.
An autopsy performed on the victims was released in May and revealed rigor mortis had set in on each of them before authorities were alerted to the discovery of their bodies.
Singh claims he discovered his family members dead after arriving home from his work as a trucker.
Singh Has 3 Children
Singh and his wife have two daughters ages 11 and 9, and a son, 5.
According to numerous reports, family members say the children are staying with other family members.
Officials do not believe the children were present in the apartment at the time of the killings.
In a press conference on Tuesday announcing the charges, West Chester Police Chief Joel Herzog confirmed the children are “safe.”
According to a recent report by cincinnati.com, the children have not been told about the deaths of their family members.
They believe their mother is visiting India.
Investigators have been extremely tight-lipped about the case against Singh.
In a press conference on Tuesday, Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser lectured media members about the ethics of not making “material statements” about the guilt or innocence of those facing charges.
Gmoser urged community members to presume Singh innocent until a jury finds him guilty.
Though, he added, “There will be a day of reckoning in respect to this case.”
This case has garnered international attention specifically in India, where Singh and his wife married before immigrating to the U.S. and settling in Ohio.
Numerous published reports from Indian media outlets indicate Singh and his wife had disputes over property.
Further, a report by tribuneindia.com reveals family members allege Singh “was an addict and had illicit relations” with other women which strained the couple’s marriage of 17 years.
According to that same report, Kaur’s parents had traveled to the U.S. to visit her in an effort to help the couple mend their fractured relationship.
Numerous published reports also allege Singh was involved in an affair with a woman in Indianapolis, IN at the time of the alleged murders.
In the days following the deaths, Singh moved to Indianapolis where he now has a home address.
Singh was reportedly visiting family members in Connecticut to attend a wedding at the time of his arrest.
Deaths “Scared” Local Sikh Community
Singh and his family are also active in the Sikh community in Cincinnati.
Jasminder Singh, president of the Guru Nanak Society Sikh Gurudwara Sahib of Greater Cincinnati, of which Singh and Kaur were a part, described the family as “beautiful,” according to a report by local news outlet WCPO.
Following the news of the killings, he said, “Everybody in the community is scared. It’s never happened here before.”
In the days following the deaths, the Sikh community rallied and held a vigil for the deceased.
Singh attended the vigil in honor of his slain family members and carried a sign that read, “Gone But Not Forgotten.”
Transportation Nation Network will continue to monitor the ongoing developments in this case.