Virginia police officer Austin Lee Edwards, suspect in a triple murder in California, who died in a shootout with police on November 25. He is believed to have driven across the country to meet a teenage girl before killing three members of her family. Photo: via AP
Virginia police officer Austin Lee Edwards, suspect in a triple murder in California, who died in a shootout with police on November 25. He is believed to have driven across the country to meet a teenage girl before killing three members of her family. Photo: via AP

US policeman ‘catfished’ girl by posing as 17-year-old boy, then killed her family

  • Sheriff’s deputy Austin Lee Edwards, 28, posed as a 17-year-old, asked for nude photos, drove from Virginia to California where he killed girl’s mother, grandparents
  • The girl’s aunt has urged families to use the tragedy to talk about internet safety; ‘please use us as a reference; tell our story to help your parenting’

Virginia police officer Austin Lee Edwards, suspect in a triple murder in California, who died in a shootout with police on November 25. He is believed to have driven across the country to meet a teenage girl before killing three members of her family. Photo: via AP
Virginia police officer Austin Lee Edwards, suspect in a triple murder in California, who died in a shootout with police on November 25. He is believed to have driven across the country to meet a teenage girl before killing three members of her family. Photo: via AP
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