SANFORD — A Central Florida man killed his estranged wife and two young children before fatally shooting himself as police pursued him on a highway, authorities said Monday.
The rampage began late Sunday when 30-year-old Henry Ramone Brown waited in the trunk of Chericia Brown's vehicle, outside a Chili's restaurant. Henry Brown stabbed her as she was leaving the restaurant, authorities said. He then got into his own car and ran her over, along with a paramedic and nurse who had been in the restaurant and had come outside to give aid to his wife, according to a news release from the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
Chericia Brown was taken to a hospital, where she later died.
Henry Brown drove in his car to his apartment complex and switched to another vehicle. He picked up the couple's children, ages 4 and 1, from a babysitter and drove to Central Florida Regional Hospital to look for his estranged wife, arriving almost an hour-and-a-half after the attack outside the restaurant. He was confronted by deputies and Sanford police, fired at them and ran from the hospital, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies subsequently located him on Interstate 4. They laid down "stop sticks" to deflate the tires of his vehicle. When deputies approached the vehicle, they found the bodies of Henry Brown and the children. Detectives think he killed the children sometime after picking them up, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.
Altamonte Springs police records show Chericia Brown filed a domestic violence injunction against her husband in January. She initially filed an incident report with the Altamonte Springs police last December, according to official documents obtained by the Associated Press. In the report, Chericia said she thought her husband was cheating on her and that he had threatened to kill her if she took the couple's children away from him.
Henry Brown told detectives his wife was upset that he had a mistress and her story was "a lie" to get back at him, according to a statement he gave police.