Another Victim Dies Following Violent Florida Workplace Attack, Death Count Now at 4

Authorities said Sunday another victim has died following a violent attack where an angry electrician wielding a knife and baseball bat killed three co-workers and injured another at the Florida home they shared.

Shaun Runyon was identified as the attacker and was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery. It was not immediately clear if he had retained a lawyer to comment on the charges. Polk County Sheriff’s officials said Runyon got into an argument with his supervisor Friday, punching the man and fleeing the job site. He returned to the Davenport home where he was temporarily living with his co-workers Saturday and beat one man to death while he slept, killed another man on the front porch, and chased another victim into the street, beating him badly with a bat.

Shaun Runyon [Polk County Sheriff’s Office]

Runyon and seven co-workers and their families were living at the home rented by a Pennsylvania company, J & B Electric, Inc. A fourth victim suffered critical injuries and later died at the hospital. Another man, his wife, and their 7-year-old daughter escaped unharmed. Authorities did not release the identifies of the victims.


It’s unclear what prompted the fight between 39-year-old Runyon and his supervisor Friday, but Sheriff Grady Judd told the Associated Press that Runyon fled the home, turning up hours later at a random home in a neighboring town wearing bloody clothes and telling them he’d been raped, according to the sheriff. Judd said Runyon discarded his bloody clothes at the home as the couple who lived there urged him to go to the hospital where he was later taken into custody. Runyon then confessed to the attack, Sheriff Judd said.


Originally from Pennsylvania, Shaun Runyon has a long criminal history including an arrest in May dealing with strangulation in the state’s Northampton County.

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