Justice Gleason Wiki – Justice Gleason Biography
Justice Gleason was named the victim of a former Marine sharpshooter who authorities say went on a random shooting rampage in Florida, massacring Gleason, his wife and baby, and another relative. The sheriff said the gunman, who did not know the family, also wounded an 11-year-old girl with seven bullet wounds but survived.
Polk County, Florida, Sheriff Grady Judd described the suspect’s actions as an “active shooter rampage.” The suspect was named Bryan Riley, a combat veteran who showed up at the Gleason home “for battle” even though he didn’t know the people inside, the sheriff said.
He was 40 years old.
Polk County Shooting
At around 4:30 a.m., a lieutenant was two miles away on another call when he heard two volleys of automatic gunfire, Judd said. He was west of the scene, about two miles away. He immediately notified his deputies to respond to the area. Within the same few seconds, 911 calls came in of an active shooter, said the sheriff.
An active shooter protocol was implemented. Lakeland was the nearest municipality. Various agencies immediately sent their resources.
What they found when they arrived: “As they tactically approached the area, there was a truck on fire and a popping noise in the front yard. Deputies also noticed these delicate lights that were lining the path from the road to the house. As they approached, they saw an individual outfitted in body armor and looked as if he was ready to engage us all in an active shooter situation, but we didn’t see a firearm,” Judd said. He later said the lights were glowing sticks.
The sheriff continued, “We are way out in the country area, so it’s not unusual to see people in camo, but he was garbed out. It appeared he had a bulletproof vest on. He ran into this house. We didn’t know who he was or see a gun.”
The deputy heard another volley, a woman scream, and a baby whimper. “The lieutenant tried to make entry into the front of the house. It was barricaded.” He ran to the other entrance, and a gun battle ensued when the suspect opened fire on the officers.
The sheriff detailed the suspect’s background.
“He was a Marine. He did four years of service and was honorably discharged and did another three years as a reserve. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008, Afghanistan during 2009-2010, and he during that time was designated as a sharpshooter,” Judd said about Riley.
Judd said, “As he’s interviewing with us, he’s trying to convince us that he’s mentally ill. He’s very in tune with his statements and admissions. But he says at one point to our detectives, ‘They begged for their lives, and I killed them anyway.’ He’s evil in the flesh. He was a rabid animal. Our hearts and our prayers go out to the family of those who are injured and deceased. It’s just a blessing from the good Lord that during the shootout and the subsequent volleys from the shootouts that my deputies and our colleague from the Lakeland Police Department weren’t shot and killed as well. ”
Riley lived in Brandon, Florida, about 35 miles away from the shootings. Riley worked as a security contractor, Judd said. He had a concealed weapons license, Judd said.
Tributes To Gleason
Gleason’s profile picture shows him with a pregnant woman. His cover photo shows an infant.
He wrote on Facebook that he graduated from Auburndale Senior High School. “The pictures are priceless…One beautiful family!!! ❤” a person wrote several weeks ago.
A Facebook page that belongs to the woman who had Gleason’s baby contains a picture of him holding the infant. “Tall like Daddy,” she wrote (we are not naming her because the victims have not been identified publicly.) “This is so sad what has happened to you I know that you are and your family is in heaven rest in peace,” a loved one wrote. She filled her page with pictures of the baby, Gleason, and family.
A friend wrote on Facebook, “Justice Gleason, May you and your beautiful wife…and baby rest in peace with our Lord. You will be missed! You were such a good man and friend to everyone. Praying God comforts your family and everyone that knew you all.”