Policeman killed a man wielding a shotgunallegedly driven to violence by his belief in QAnon conspiracy theories, after he fatally shot his wife and injured their daughter in suburban Detroit, authorities said Monday.
A 25-year-old woman called 911 around 4:11 a.m. Sunday. and “stated that his father had just shot him” on Glenwood Drive in Walled Lake, the The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
When deputies and Walled Lake police arrived at the home, the man, identified as 53-year-old Igor Lanis, walked out the front door with a Remington 870 shotgun and began shooting at officers, the sheriff’s office said.
Lanis’ shots hit “a car that an officer was behind and the residence behind him,” though no one “was injured by those shots,” the sheriff’s office said Monday.
A Walled Lake police officer and an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy returned fire, killing Lanis, authorities said.
The 911 caller was “at the front door … trying to get out of the house” before officers “dragged her to safety,” authorities said.
She was taken to a hospital and rushed to emergency surgery, the sheriff’s office said, adding that the woman had gone from critical to stable condition.
Authorities found the man’s wife and the family’s dog dead inside the home.
The 56-year-old woman had been “shot multiple times in the back, and it appears she was also trying to flee out the front door,” the sheriff’s office said, without releasing the woman’s name.
The dog killed, a Great Pyrenees, was also shot multiple times.
The sheriff’s department said Monday that it was still unclear what may have caused the horrific rampage.
“As part of this ongoing investigation, they are seeking information on what set this in motion and led to a resident fatally shooting his wife, shooting and seriously injuring his daughter, and killing the family dog,” said a statement from the sheriff.
his other daughter, Rebecca Lanis, who was not injured Sunday, told the Detroit News that her father suffered from mental health problems that she attributed to conspiracy theories and extremist ideologies she picked up online.
“I think he was always prone to [mental issues]but it really got him down when he was reading all this weird stuff on the internet,” Lanis told the newspaper.
She said her father got worse after Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election, embracing “crazy ideas” online, like QAnon.
Rebecca Lanis told the News that she was the author of a statement on a subreddit page called “QAnonCasualties” that he blamed his father’s problems on the false but widespread conspiracy theory that, among many other things, Trump is leading a top-secret war against a cabal of pedophiles and criminals.
He cursed QAnon supporters and said he hopes “the FBI will get a tighter grip on them” so that those conspiracy theorists will one day “rot in prison (and hell) for poisoning so many people.”
Sheriff Michael Bouchard on Monday thanked dispatchers, police and their deputies for their quick work.
“This is an incredibly horrible act,” Bouchard said in a statement. “It is very sad on many levels, but due to the response and professionalism of our dispatch, Walled Lake deputies and Oakland County Sheriff’s Office deputies, at least one victim was saved. We will actively seek information to gain insight into what set this off.”This is a developing story. Please update here for updates.
Brandy Zadrozni contributed.