Florida Murders: Manhunt Launched for Suspect Who Killed His Wife, a Neighbor and Church Pastor (Photos)

Andres "Andy" Avalos (Photo: Manatee County Sheriff's Office)
Andres “Andy” Avalos (Photo: Manatee County Sheriff’s Office)

Police in Florida were hunting for an “armed and dangerous” suspect believed to have killed three people at two scenes, including his wife, a neighbor and a minister whose body was found outside his church in Bradenton.

Andres Avalos, 33, was last seen near the Bayshore Baptist Church in a gold Chevrolet Suburban, according to Manatee County deputies. The father of six was being sought in connection with the deaths of the Rev. James Battle, 31; Amber Avalos, 33, and Denise Potter, 46.

“We don’t know if whether or not he is still alive,” Manatee County sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow told the Tampa Tribune. “We presume he is [alive].”

Battle was found dead at the church in the courtyard, according to MyFox Tampa Bay.

“There was a witness in that shooting, so we know what pretty much happened there,” said Manatee Sheriff’s spokesman Dave Bristow.

While at the church, deputies learned of another possible victim at a residence in northwest Bradenton and sent authorities there.

When they arrived, they found the two female victims. Bristow said investigators believe the two women were killed before the minister, but they did not disclose how the two women died.

Relatives say Potter and Avalos worked together cleaning houses and had met earlier for work.

Potter has two young sons, 14 and 7. Avalos worked at Bayshore Baptist, according to the church’s website. The site also said that Andres Avalos’ father also is a minister there.

 

Facebook photo of Amber and Andy Avalos. Manatee deputies say Andy killed his wife and two other people (WTSP via Facebook)
Facebook photo of Amber and Andy Avalos. Manatee deputies say Andy killed his wife and two other people (WTSP via Facebook)
Amber Avalos, wife of suspect Andres "Andy" Avalos, was found shot to death at a home in the 1200 block of 67th Street NW. (Bayshore Baptist Church website)
Amber Avalos, wife of suspect Andres “Andy” Avalos, was found shot to death at a home in the 1200 block of 67th Street NW. (Bayshore Baptist Church website)
Bayshore Baptist Church Pastor James "Tripp" Battle was found shot to death at a residence on the church's property. (Bayshore Baptist Church website)
Bayshore Baptist Church Pastor James “Tripp” Battle was found shot to death at a residence on the church’s property. (Bayshore Baptist Church website)
Sheriff is on scene at the church, along with many church goers who are very emotional. (Adam Vance, WTSP)
Sheriff is on scene at the church, along with many church goers who are very emotional. (Adam Vance, WTSP)
Manatee deputies say they found one person dead after reports of a shooting at Bayshore Baptist Church in Bradenton (Google Street View)
Manatee deputies say they found one person dead after reports of a shooting at Bayshore Baptist Church in Bradenton (Google Street View)

The couple’s six children were in the custody of a relative, authorities said.

People at the church Thursday said they were unaware of any conflict between Andres Avalos and James Battle.

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SOURCE: FOX News

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