September 22, 2014

Police: employee grudge led to two double-murders in Omaha

Dr. Anthony Garcia/Omaha Police Dept photo

Dr. Anthony Garcia/Omaha Police Dept photo

It appears an employee grudge led to the May double-homicide in Omaha, linked to a double-homicide in 2008.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer announced the arrest of Dr. Anthony Garcia in Illinois in connection with all four murders.

“I’m able to provide a sense of closure to the victim’s families, Creighton University and the Omaha community,” Schmaderer announced during a news conference.

Police suspect Garcia, 40, killed Creighton University pathologist Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary, both 65, in May in retaliation for Brumback’s role in his dismissal from the Creighton pathology residency program in 2001. They further suspect Garcia killed 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and 57-year-old Shirlee Sherman in March of 2008 to retaliate for the role Creighton pathologist William Hunter played in his firing. Thomas Hunter was William Hunter’s son; Sherman was his house cleaner.

Hunter headed the Creighton residency program. Brumback was chairman of the department.

Creighton University officials report Garcia was dismissed after displaying erratic and insubordinate behavior. Both doctors fired Garcia. Garcia moved from Omaha and now is a resident of Terre Haute, IN, but was in the city at the time of both double murders.

Garcia has been charged with four counts of first degree murder and use of a weapon to commit the murders. Illinois state troopers arrested Garcia Monday without incident. He had a handgun on him and appeared to be intoxicated.

Schmaderer said a task force, made up of multiple departments, broke the case by searching through numerous files.

Karla James contributed to this story.