Deputies: Man kills wife, 2 children and self in Seminole County

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A man stabbed and ran over his estranged wife and two medical professionals before eventually killing his two young children and himself following a domestic-related rampage overnight in Seminole County, deputies said.

  • Henry Raymond Brown, 30, stabbed and ran over his estranged wife
  • Brown then picked up his 2 children and opened fire at Sanford hospital
  • Brown killed 2 children and then himself along I-4 in Seminole County

The incident began around 10 p.m. at a Chili’s along Lake Mary Boulevard.

Chericia Brown, 31, was attacked and seriously injured by her estranged husband, 30-year-old Henry Raymond  Brown, in the parking lot of the restaurant.

Deputies said Henry Brown waited in the trunk of Chericia’s vehicle for her to come out of the restaurant and then stabbed her. He left the scene and returned moments later in his vehicle and ran over the woman, as well as two medical professionals who were rendering aid to Chericia Brown.

Chericia Brown was transported to Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, where she later died.

Deputies said Henry Brown fled the scene and went back to an apartment complex in Altamonte Springs, where he changed vehicles and picked up the couple’s biological children, a 4-year-old boy and a 1-year-old girl, from a babysitter.

At about 12:25 a.m., Henry Brown arrived at Central Florida Regional Hospital in an attempt to locate Chericia, deputies said.

Seminole County deputies and Sanford Police confronted him. Brown and law enforcement officers exchanged gunfire inside the hospital, but no one was injured after shots rang out inside the hospital, deputies said.

Brown fled the hospital and got onto I-4, where he was located by deputies within minutes. Deputies were able to stop the vehicle with stop sticks.

When the vehicle slowed to a stop, deputies found Henry Brown and both children dead inside. Investigators believe Brown killed his children at some point after picking them up and then he committed suicide in his vehicle and law enforcement officers prepared to apprehend him.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the officer-involved shooting that occurred at the hospital.

One of the medical professionals who rendered aid to Chericia Brown remains in the hospital. The other person has been released.

This is a developing story. Check back and refresh the page for the latest updates.


The incident began with a stabbing at a Chili’s located off Lake Mary Boulevard. (Jason Hughes, Staff)

Bay News 9 – local-news

April 18, 2016 |

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