Suspect in 8 murders died of self-inflicted gunshot after massive manhunt, police say

Police announced that a man wanted as a suspect in eight murders was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a nationwide manhunt.

Romeo Nance, 23, was tracked to a Chubby's gas station in Natalia, Texas, where he was reportedly shot himself after a standoff with police on Monday.

Investigators found five dead victims at one Joliet, Illinois, home and three other victims at another home early Monday morning. He was also a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man who was wounded in the leg. The victims ranged from a 14-year-old girl to a 47-year-old woman.

Nance was identified as a suspect because he was a resident of one of those homes. Police are continuing to investigate to determine his relationship to the victim.

“During this investigation, detectives quickly identified 23-year-old Romeo Nance as the suspect in the West Acres Road homicide,” police said in a statement Monday night. “He also appears to have been involved in a shooting that police are investigating” with the Will County Sheriff's Office and a non-fatal shooting in Joliet. ”

Investigators said they are still trying to determine the motive for the murder.

“We can't get inside his head. We have no clue why he acted the way he did,” Joliet Police Chief Bill Evans said.

Will County Sheriff's Deputy Dan Jungles said the shooting was extremely traumatic for the community.

“Mr. Nance’s reign of terror over our community in Will County is over.” Jungles said. “While there is much sadness surrounding these incidents, it is time for our community to come together and heal.”

“I've been a police officer for 29 years,” Evans added. “This is probably the worst crime scene I've ever been involved with.”

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