Remains ID’d As Christmas Eve Gunman’s Sister

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Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man’s home after members of a tree removal crew he’d told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun. (credit: George Frey/Getty Images)

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

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office tells local media that the New York City Office of the Chief 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.

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

Spengler committed suicide after a brief shootout with a police officer.

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