On July 2, afternoon, more than two months after the horrific quadruple murder of a family in West Chester, Ohio, police in Branford, Connecticut, arrested an Indian-American man they suspect shot his relatives, including his wife and in-laws April 28.
The Branford Police Department announced on Facebook, that it had arrested Gurpreet Singh, 37, of West Chester, Ohio, at 2 pm on July 2, in connection with the April murders. The victims in the murders were identified as Hakikat Singh Panag, 59, his wife Paramjit Kaur, 62, their daughter Shalinder Kaur, 39, and his wife’s sister, Amarjit Kaur, 58. Shalinder Kaur was Gurpreet’s wife.
Gurpreet Singh’s arrest came after West Chester Police notified the Branford Police that Singh was staying at a residence in Branford, the Police Department said on Facebook, posting a picture of the arrest.
Singh was located by Officers leaving the residence and was apprehended in the parking lot of Walmart.
According to news reports, Singh has waived his right to be extradited to Ohio.
Singh is being held by Branford Police as a Fugitive from justice. He was arraigned July 3, and is charged with four counts of aggravated murder.
According to a WCPO news report on 9 On Your Side, “Many in West Chester’s Sikh community declined to directly discuss Gurpreet Singh in the hours after his arrest.” One of the people the report quoted, Satnam Singh who runs India Bazar groceries located close to the crime scene, “described the murders as representing a bracing shock for every member of the city’s Sikh population.”
According to Cincinnati.com, Gurpreet Singh, a trucker, and his wife Shalinder Kaur have three children, two daughters and a son, who were not present that ill-fated April 28th when the four people were shot to death.
Singh was the one who called 911. No motive has been established yet.
In an interview Singh gave to the Cincinnati Enquirer after the killings, he said, “I have no words. The trauma has been too much. It’s too hard to even think of all that has happened. My brain is not working.”