NATALIA, TX – A man suspected of killing eight people in suburban Chicago shot himself fatally during a confrontation with law enforcement officials in Texas, police confirmed. Romeo Nance, a 23-year-old from Illinois, was tracked down by U.S. Marshals near Natalia, Texas, about 30 miles southwest of San Antonio on Monday evening.
According to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office in Texas, they received an alert about a person suspected in the Chicago-area killings heading into the county on Interstate 35. Nance shot himself following a standoff with multiple law enforcement agencies at a gas station.
Nance was suspected of fatally shooting eight individuals in three different Chicago suburb locations. Police warned the public earlier on Monday that Nance was armed and dangerous and still on the loose. The victims were found on Sunday and Monday at three separate residences. Though Nance knew the victims, police were still unclear about his motive.
Authorities also linked Nance to a shooting in Joliet that left one man injured on Sunday. Nance’s last known address matched that of one of the houses where the seven bodies were found and closely watched by deputies since Sunday.
Autopsies are pending, and officers are in the process of piecing together this horrific incident, described by Joliet Police Chief William Evans as “the worst crime scene [he’s] ever been associated with.”