BRANFORD — Branford police Tuesday arrested a suspect in an April 28 quadruple homicide of four family members in West Chester Township, Ohio, Chief of Police Jonathan Mulhern said.
No one was injured in the apprehension, “thank God,” Mulhern said.
Suspect Gurpreet Singh was picked up in the parking lot of the Branford Walmart, Branford police said in a news release.
Singh — the husband of one of the victims — will be charged with four counts of aggravated murder, West Chester police said at a press conference.
West Chester police, in a press conference Tuesday afternoon, said Singh was the one who made the 911 call about the shooting deaths of four family members in April 2019, according to a story on the website of the Journal News newspaper.
Branford police said Singh, 37, of West Chester, Ohio was arrested about 2 p.m. Tuesday in Branford. He is being held as a fugitive from justice in the Branford Police Department lockup pending arraignment Wednesday, said Deputy Chief John Alves.
West Chester police notified Branford Police Tuesday morning that Singh was staying at a home in Branford. Branford police spotted Singh leaving the home and he was apprehended in the Walmart parking lot, the release said.
The victims were identified as Hakikat Singh Panag, 59, his wife Paramjit Kaur, 62, their daughter Shalinder Kaur, 39, and Paramjit Kaur’s sister, Amarjit Kaur, 58.
Shalinder Kaur was Gurpreet’s wife.
West Chester police provided the update during a Tuesday afternoon news conference called 64 days after the four shooting deaths at the Lakefront at West Chester apartment complex, the Journal News reported.
Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser, who attended the conference, told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Singh may face the death penalty, but a grand jury will ultimately make that determination.
“There will be a day of reckoning in respect to this case,” Gmoser said.
In a statement relayed to media by a West Chester Township spokeswoman, Ajaib Singh, brother of vctims Amarjit and Parmjit Kaur, said, “On behalf of my broad family and friends, we are very thankful to West Chester police department for making an arrest in connection with murders of our relatives. We are also thankful to Ohio state, Federal and other law enforcement agencies who participated in the investigation.
“We highly appreciate Sikh community of greater Cincinnati who helped police in the investigation,” he wrote. “We have full faith in (Police) Chief (Joel) Herzog’s team, and pray for murder convictions in the court.”
West Chester Township is located roughly 35 miles southwest of Dayton and 23 miles northeast of Cincinnati.
Township Trustee Lee Wong confirmed in an earlier story in the Dayton Daily News that an arrest had been made, but declined to identify the suspect.
According to the Daily News story, “It was a graphic scene police officers relayed over their radios to dispatchers on April 28 as they discovered four family members shot to death in a West Chester Twp. apartment on Wyndtree” Drive.
“Smoke came from burning food on a kitchen stove as one officer said two of the four were laying in ‘a good amount of blood’ in the living room,” the newspaper reported.
“The West Chester Twp. community was shocked by quadruple homicide, not knowing why someone would kill four members of a family who by all accounts were beloved members of the Sikh and West Chester community,” the story said.
In a frantic 911 call, a man told dispatchers, “My wife and my family are on the ground bleeding,” the story said.