HOUSTON --We're learning in details, including a possible motive, about the tragedy that unfolded in Spring yesterday that left six family members -- including four children -- dead and a seventh fighting for her life. The victims were all reportedly shot execution-style and the children's uncle is facing capital murder charges.
Ron Haskell, 33, is charged with multiple counts of capital murder. He was arrested last night in a north Harris County neighborhood after leading police on a brief chase that ended in an hours-long standoff.
According to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, Haskell's wife divorced him and moved from Utah to Houston with the help of her sister, who lived here. Before their divorce was finalized, a protective order was issued against Haskell but was later dismissed in October under several conditions, including supervised visits with his children until his therapist could determine he was no longer a threat to them.
According to documents read in probable cause court, Haskell arrived Wednesday afternoon dressed as a FedEx guy at the victims' home in the 700 block of Leaflet Lane near Interstate 45 and Cypresswood. We've since learned Haskell used to work for FedEx.
A teen identified as Cassidy Stay, 15, recognized Haskell as her ex-uncle. She told him her parents were not home and he left. Haskell then reportedly came back a second time and kicked in the front door. He told Cassidy not to close the door and then tied her up. Haskell then waiting for the rest of the family to come home.
Investigators say when the rest of the family arrived, Haskell tied all of them up face down and asked them where his ex-wife was. When they said they didn't know, he shot all of them execution-style in the back of the head.
According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, two adults, identified as Stephen Stay, 39 and Katie Stay, 33, died at the scene. Three children also died at the scene. Cassidy and a 4-year-old boy were both transported via Life Flight to the hospital. The boy died at the hospital.
Court documents say Cassidy is the lone survivor of the shooting. She told deputies she played dead until Haskell left. That's when she dialed 911 to tip off police that the man intended to kill her grandparents. She remains in critical condition, they said.
Deputies were able to intercept Haskell, who led them on a chase that came to an end about three miles from the shooting scene.
A line of about two dozen patrol cars followed Haskell's vehicle to the end of the street shortly before 7pm. There, Haskell's boxed-in vehicle remained for hours. As darkness fell over the neighborhood, two armored trucks were brought in to block the car from behind and the front as negotiators began their work. Those talks continued for at least three hours before Haskell, who'd sporadically hold a gun up to his head, finally surrendered himself to authorities.
Sheriff's Sgt. Thomas Gilliland said when he and other officers approached the car, Haskell was "just sitting in his car looking out at us."
Residents in the area were forced to evacuate their homes during the standoff.
"They actually knocked on the door. My boyfriend answered and he was like, 'Can y'all get out as quick as possible?'" witness Samantha Aytes said. "I was like pretty freaked out because nothing ever happens in Spring. So I just wasn't expecting it at all."
Neighbors say the family had lived at the home on Leaflet for some time.
"It's just a terrible thing. I don't know what could have happened. " neighbor Dale Collier said. "Just a bad deal, bad, bad deal. You wouldn't think something like that would happen in a neighborhood like this. It's real quiet, never anything going on."
Neighbors have now set up a make-shift memorial for the slain family members outside of their home.
The Associated Press contributed to this report