ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (TCD) -- A 32-year-old man wanted for allegedly killing a family of four and their two dogs died Wednesday after purportedly shooting himself in the head following a car chase in Oklahoma.
On Sunday, Sept. 17, at around 8:45 p.m., Romeoville Police received a call about conducting a welfare check at a home on the 500 block of Concord Avenue because the caller’s relative did not show up for work earlier that day and was not answering calls. Police arrived at the residence and found Alberto Rolon, Zoraida Bartolomei, and their two children deceased with gunshot wounds. Police believe the slaying occurred between 9 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday.
WGN-TV reports the children were 7 and 9 years old. The family’s three dogs were also killed.
In a press conference, Romeoville Deputy Police Chief Chris Burne said detectives have an idea about a possible motive but did not elaborate.
Romeoville Police identified Nathaniel Huey Jr. as a "credible suspect" and said he was traveling with female who was later reported missing to the Streamwood Police Department. Romeoville Police issued a statewide bulletin about Huey. A license plate reader in Catoosa, Oklahoma, located Huey’s vehicle Sept. 20 and tried to conduct a traffic stop. Huey and the female fled the scene, but soon crashed. The car caught on fire as a result.
Catoosa Police officers approached the car and heard what sounded like two gunshots. Police went to the vehicle and found Huey deceased from a gunshot wound in the driver’s seat and the female injured in the passenger seat. Medics transported the woman to the hospital in critical condition.
John Paul Ivec, the female victim’s attorney, identified her as Ermalinda Palomo. Huey and Palomo had been in a long-term relationship and were engaged. She died from a gunshot wound to the head, and her death has been ruled a homicide.
According to Ivec, Palomo was "without a shadow of a doubt" not involved in the killings because she was home sleeping when they occurred. She reportedly sent concerning text messages to family members, such as "I love you. Take care of my grandbabies."
One of Palomo’s children described Huey as a "very angry man," according to NBC News. A second daughter said he was "very dangerous" and a "huge manipulator."