Cop accused of killing family used department-issued weapon to kill himself

RICHMOND, Va. – New information has been released about Austin Lee Edwards, the Virginia State Police officer accused of killing the family of a teenager in California before killing himself.

Edwards graduated from the VSP academy in January and resigned in late October, where he then joined the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

San Bernadino County Police told the Press Enterprise that Austin Lee Edwards used his department-issued firearm to take his own life after the killings. This information comes after state police say they are reviewing their hiring process due to a “human error” made in hiring Edwards.

The Press Enterprise reported that the sheriff’s office said state police did not uncover any problems with Edwards.

The Los Angeles Times also reports another major development in the case involving Edwards’ former colleagues.

The report said an eyewitness reported two Washington County deputies were seen entering Edwards’ home the night he allegedly killed three people in California.

The witness told the Times that the two deputies were seen leaving with a trash bag and a sheriff’s truck before Edwards’ home was officially searched.

The Times showed a video of the incident to two former law enforcement officers who identified both as Washington County Deputy.

Riverside California Police told the Times they are not aware of any additional searches of Edwards’ home.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Smyth County Commonwealth’s Attorney immediately responded to the Times’ request for comment.

This is a developing story so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to submit a tip.

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