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Lake Rd. residents are evacuated from the neighborhood, Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 in Webster, New York. A former convict set a house and car ablaze in his lakeside New York state neighborhood to lure firefighters then opened fire on them, killing two and engaging police in a shootout before killing himself while several homes burned. Authorities used an armored vehicle to evacuate the area. (AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Max Schulte)

Remains Identified in Christmas Eve Shooting



WEBSTER, N.Y. (AP) -- The human remains found at the scene of the Christmas Eve shootings of four firefighters have been identified as the gunman's sister.

The sheriff in Monroe County says a medical examiner made the identification of the remains of 67-year-old Cheryl Spengler. Authorities say she died from a gunshot wound to the head. Her death was ruled a homicide.

Her remains were found in the charred debris of William Spengler's lakeside home in the suburban town of Webster. Authorities say the 62-year-old Spengler set fire to his home, then ambushed volunteer firefighters who arrived to put out the blaze. Two firefighters were shot to death and two others were wounded.

Spengler committed suicide after a shootout with a police officer.


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