LYNWOOD, Ill. (CBS/AP) Authorities arrested a police officer Friday who they believe is responsible for a series of shootings that killed one man and injured two others in rural areas of Illinois and Indiana Tuesday.
Brian Dorian, 37, allegedly approached his victims with peculiar questions, asking one man about honeybees and another about construction material, before opening fire at a work site in Illinois Tuesday morning, and later across the state line on an Indiana farm.
Police say Dorian fatally shot 45-year-old Rolando Alonso in the head, and wounded 19-year-old Joshua Garza near Beecher, Ill. Dorian allegedly wounded 64-year-old farmer Keith Dahl near Lowell, Ind.
Dorian, who was previously involved in a high-speed accident that killed a teenager four years ago, was arrested at his Illinois home Friday on a murder warrant for the shootings and held on a $2.5 million bail, according to a spokesman for the Will County state's attorney's office.
The victims described him during the search as heavyset, unkempt and mentally unbalanced.
Peggy Cassoday, Garza's great-aunt, described the shooting incident to the Times of Munster.
"(The shooter) says, 'What about this wood? What are you gong to do with it?' My nephew said, 'You can take whatever you want.' So the guy took four or five steps away from him, turned around and when Josh picked up the wheelbarrow to move it, the guy turned around and starting shooting," recalled Cassoday.
Dorian was convicted in 2006 for speeding after a teenager was killed in a traffic accident. According to an attorney involved with the case, Dorian was driving a pickup truck more than 80 mph in a 55 mph zone when Dylan Drapeau, 17, drove his car into the path of Dorian's vehicle.
Former county prosecutor Gregory DeBord said Dorian could only be charged with speeding after investigators determined there was no indication that either of the two drivers had alcohol or drugs in their systems, and Drapeau failed to yield to traffic when he pulled his car into the intersection.
Dorian is a police officer in Lynwood, Ill., a town with a population of about 7,400 people on the Indiana border, said Sheriff's department spokesman Pat Barry.
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