Cleveland man charged in slayings of 4, including his 6-year-old son

The Associated Press
Police officers walk to the crime scene, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland. Police investigating the shooting death of a man in a vacant lot say they also found the bodies of a woman and two children in a nearby house. Authorities aren't saying how the three found inside the house Tuesday died, but they did say the four deaths are connected.

Cleveland – A man charged with killing four people, including two children, is the father of a 6-year-old boy who was one of the victims, police said Thursday.

Armond Johnson Sr., 26, has been charged with aggravated murder in the killings and is being held in jail.

The two children whose bodies were found inside a house Tuesday died from smoke inhalation while their mother, Takeyra Collins, died from multiple gunshots at the home, authorities said.

Their neighbor, 35-year-old David Cousin Jr., was found fatally shot in a vacant lot near the house.

Police said Thursday that they believe Cousin was in the wrong place at the wrong time when he came across Johnson.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Johnson. He is due in court Friday.

According to police, Johnson shot his 25-year-old ex-girlfriend, set fire to the home and then shot Cousin outside the house on Cleveland’s east side.

Police officers tape off the crime scene where several bodies were found, as two vehicles are towed away, Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Cleveland.

A coroner identified the children as 6-year-old Armond Johnson Jr. and his sister, 2-year-old Aubree Stone.

Relatives have said Cousin and Collins were neighbors but didn’t really know each other.

Johnson was initially arrested Tuesday on an aggravated robbery warrant when he joined grieving family members and friends outside the house after the bodies were found, reported .