Michigan man shot dead by police after killing his wife; daughter blames incident on QAnon conspiracy theory

Police killed a man armed with a shotgunwho was allegedly driven to violence by his belief in QAnon conspiracy theories, after he shot and killed his wife and injured their daughter in suburban Detroit, officials said Monday.

A 25-year-old woman called 911 around 4:11 a.m. Sunday and “said she had just been shot by her father” on Glenwood Drive in Walled Lake, according to a statement from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies and Walled Lake police arrived at the home, the man, identified as Igor Lanis, 53, came out the front door with a Remington 870 pump-action shotgun and began shooting at officers , the sheriff’s office said.

Lanis’s shots hit “a car with an officer behind it and the residence behind him,” although no one “was injured by those gunshots,” the sheriff’s office said Monday.

A Walled Lake police officer as well as an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy returned fire, killing Lanis, officials said.

The 911 caller was “at the front door…attempting to crawl out of the house” before officers “dragged her to safety”, authorities said.

She was taken to hospital and rushed for emergency surgery, according to the sheriff’s office, adding that the woman’s condition had changed from critical to stable.

Authorities found the man’s wife and the family dog ​​dead inside the home.

The 56-year-old woman had been “several times shot in the back, and it appears she was also trying to flee through the front door,” the sheriff’s office said without disclosing the woman’s name. .

The dog killed, a Great Pyrenees, was also shot several times.

The sheriff’s department said Monday it’s still unclear what could have triggered the horrific rampage.

“As part of this ongoing investigation, they are seeking to understand what triggered this, leading to a resident killing his wife, shooting and seriously injuring his daughter, and killing the family dog,” a statement from the agency said. sheriff.

But his other daughter, Rebecca Lanis, who was uninjured on Sunday, told the Detroit News that her father suffered from mental health issues which she pinned on conspiracy theories and extremist ideologies he picked up online.

“I think he was always prone to (mental issues), but it really got him down when he was reading all these weird things on the internet,” Lanis told the newspaper.

The daughter said her father got worse after Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, embracing “crazy ideas” online such as QAnon.

Rebecca Lanis told the News she was the author of a statement on a subreddit page called “QAnonCasualties” who blamed his father’s troubles on the false but widespread conspiracy theory about – among other things – Trump waging a top-secret war against a cabal of pedophiles and criminals.

The girl cursed QAnon supporters and said she hoped ‘the FBI would tighten its grip on you’ so that one day these conspiracy theorists ‘rot in jail (and hell) for poisoning so many people’ .

Sheriff Michael Bouchard thanked dispatchers, police and deputies on Monday for their quick work.

“It’s an incredibly horrific act,” Bouchard said in a statement. “It’s so sad on so many levels, but thanks to the response and professionalism of our dispatch, Walled Lake officers and Oakland County Sheriff’s Office deputies, at least one victim was saved. We will actively seek information to better understand what triggered this.This is a developing story. Please refresh here for updates.

Brandy Zadrozny contributed.

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