A man suspected of killing his girlfriend, her father and her sister was found dead in a home on Chicago's Far South Side on Thursday after an hourslong standoff with police.
SWAT teams descended on the home, believed to be where 29-year-old Kevin Robinson was hiding, around 4 a.m. at 103rd Street and Union Avenue in the Fernwood neighborhood. People who were inside the home evacuated as first responders arrived.
The incident prompted a nearly 11-hour standoff involving numerous gunshots, the release of gas and several pleas from police and family members before SWAT officers found Robinson dead in the home from what they believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Authorities said a weapon was recovered "from [Robinson's] hands" at the scene, but it was not immediately known if he suffered any gunshots wounds from police fire.
"The offender in this incident was an engine of violence and was no stranger to the criminal justice system," said Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson.
Police allege Robinson walked into a home Wednesday night just a few miles away, in neighboring Englewood, and killed his girlfriend, Makeesha Starks, and her father, Jerome Wright. He shot them in the head around 11:20 p.m. at a house in the 1500 block of West 71st Street, according to police.
Both Starks, 30, and Wright, 50, were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Starks' sister, 26-year-old Kiera Kinard, was shot in the back and died after being transported to Advocate Christ Medical Center.
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The triple homicide is believed to have unfolded both inside and outside the home, according to police. Wright’s body was found near a sidewalk on 71st Street, while a body of one of the women was discovered inside the home, police said.
Sources said the suspect fled in one of the victims' vehicles after the late-night shooting, and the vehicle was tracked to the location of the standoff early Thursday morning.
Little information was released on the standoff until shots were fired just before 9:30 a.m. by both the suspect and police.
Police said Robinson leaned out a window and fired multiple rounds at SWAT officers across the street. The officers returned fire.
"We did have a short conversation with him, he did answer a phone," said Deputy Chief Steve Georgas. "That conversation did not go anywhere. It was shortly after that where he appeared at the window and fired 10 to 12 shots at our officers."
Authorities said it was not known if the man was struck by gunfire, but he was able to run upstairs in the home after the shooting.
Just before 12:30 p.m., a succession of loud "pops" rang out, which authorities said were the release of a "less-lethal gas," followed by screams.
Police used a loudspeaker to encourage the man to come out of the home.
"No one is going to hurt you," police said. "We need for you to come out."
The suspect's mother was also heard over the loudspeaker saying, "I love you. Please come on out. I want to see you at home."
Robinson's family said they do not believe he fatally shot himself, and allege he was killed by police while trying to surrender.