August 11, 2012
LIMA — Randy Glenn Sr. had threatened to kill his wife just hours before he arrived in town to carry out the threat.
Carlin Glenn reported the threat to the sheriff’s office but, officers believe, she didn’t think he would follow through. The last she knew, her husband was more than nine hours away in Fairburn, Ga., where he lived. Still, she was concerned enough to call the sheriff’s office.
“She just wanted in on file because they were in the process of a divorce. She wanted it documented,” Lt. Clyde Breitigan of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office said.
Carlin Glenn had no idea her husband was on the way to kill her and their daughter when the threats were made the evening of July 25.
“No one knew he was on his way up here,” Breitigan said. “She had no clue he was coming up from Georgia.”
Randy Glenn Sr. arrived at his wife’s home at 9 Beaumont Place in Lima at 4:15 a.m. Somehow he entered, whether using his key or through an unlocked door or by his daughter letting him in. That will never be known, Breitigan said.
His wife called 911 to say someone was at her door. She then told the operator the person had entered the house. An argument ensued.
Randy Glenn Sr. shot his 20-year-old daughter, Andrea C. Glenn, multiple times. She died just inside the entrance.
He then sought out his wife, but she ran outside. The couple’s 17-year-old son, Randy Glenn Jr., woke during the yelling and hid in a bathroom off his mother’s bedroom when he heard the shots. He locked himself in, Breitigan said.
A neighbor heard the first shots and called 911.
Randy Glenn Sr., reloaded his .357 caliber revolver and went after his estranged wife.
Carlin Glenn, 46, ran across the street toward the home of a neighbor, who had turned on the lights and called the sheriff’s office. Randy Glenn Sr. caught up with his wife in the neighbor’s driveway, Breitigan said.
“She got pinned up against the garage and didn’t have any place to go,” Breitigan said.
The husband shot his wife multiple times, killing her, Breitigan said.
Randy Glenn Sr. then returned to the house, possibly to find his son. He walked through the house, including into the master bedroom. He didn’t look in the master bathroom, where his son was hiding in fear. He walked into the living room, sat down and shot himself once in the head, officials said.
The son heard the last shot, followed by silence. He waited for a minute before leaving the bathroom. The son saw his father dead on the couch and then ran out of the house unharmed, Breitigan said.
Deputies arrived seven minutes after Carlin Glenn placed the 911 call for help, pulling up as the son was running out of the house, Breitigan said.
The frantic son told deputies his father had killed everyone.
Exactly why Randy Glenn Sr. killed his family and himself may never be known. He and Carlin Glenn were divorcing after 17 years of marriage.
The investigation is essentially wrapped up and the case closed. Investigators are still trying to track ownership of the gun Randy Glenn Sr. used and have contacted federal officials for help, Breitigan said.
Randy Glenn Sr. had one previous domestic violence arrest in 2010. That involved his daughter, and he was not convicted. His only other records were traffic violations, officials said.