Orlando Police say the four children killed in a standoff were found deceased in their respective beds, wearing the same bedtime clothes their mother reported they were wearing when she put them to bed - leading detectives to believe the children were killed in their sleep.
Police released the new details in a statement Thursday afternoon. Detectives said the children were killed shortly before or shortly after Gary Lindsey, Jr. shot Orlando police officer Kevin Valencia.
The four children ranged in age from one to 11. Two of the children were his own. The other two were his girlfriend's.
UPDATED information on the hostage situation that ended tragically at the Westbrook Apartments earlier this week with four children shot and killed and an OPD Officer shot and critically wounded. pic.twitter.com/MmFoiFYr07
The standoff started late Sunday night when police said Lindsey beat an ex-girlfriend, who called police to report a domestic dispute at the Westbrook Apartments complex on Eaglesmere Drive, just north of Universal Studios.
Mina said the children were not part of the original domestic violence call.