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Florida family massacre followed random encounter, sheriff says

Bryan Riley taken into custody after shootout with Polk County deputies.
Bryan Riley taken into custody after shootout with Polk County deputies. (File)

A Florida sheriff says a chance encounter with a former Marine beset by delusions of child sex trafficking ultimately led to the massacre of four members of a Florida family including a mother holding a baby boy.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says suspect Bryan Riley stopped by the slain family’s Lakeland home briefly after going to a nearby friend’s house to pick up a first aid kit for a Hurricane Ida relief trip.

A short distance away, Riley saw Justice Gleason mowing his lawn with his 11-year-old daughter in the yard.

Judd says Riley later returned and killed Gleason and three others.

The girl survived by playing dead.