Teens believed to have killed police officer left suicide notes

Suicide notes found after young couple who allegedly killed Windermere, Fla., police officer and took their own lives, police say.
By Frances Burns  |  March 24, 2014 at 2:07 PM
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A young Florida man and his 17-year-old girlfriend suspected of killing a police officer and taking their own lives wrote suicide notes, police said Monday.

Brandon Goode, 18, and Alex Hollinghurst, 17, are suspects in the shooting of Windermere Police Officer Robert German, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. Their bodies were found early Saturday morning concealed in bushes near the spot where German was discovered mortally injured.

"In addition, the OCSO has been given suicide notes written by both individuals," a statement by the Sheriff's Office said. "The contents of those notes will not be revealed at this time, as the investigation is active and open."

German called for backup shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, saying he had stopped a couple he saw walking on Conroy-Windermere Road. An Orange County deputy found the police officer on the side of the road.

Officers at the scene heard gunfire and found the bodies of Goode and Hollinghurst nearby.

Goode was arrested at 16 for assaulting his mother. Police said he ambushed her in their home, covering the windows with blankets and arming himself with an ax while she was out.

He also has a history of drug problems. In February, police found marijuana in his car and arrested him and a 17-year-old passenger, apparently Hollinghurst although her name was withheld because of her age.

Hollinghurst moved to the United States with her family from England about six years ago. The family had lived in Derbyshire. "She was at our school until she was 11 and was a very able pupil and a pleasure to teach," said Andrew Cartledge, headmaster of St. Andrews Junior School in Hadfield. "She was sociable with an outgoing personality and had many friends."

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