The Norman Transcript

July 17, 2013

Police apprehend Ind. doctor after deaths of 2 former residents, 2 others

CNHI News Service
The Norman Transcript

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — A doctor from Indiana has been arrested on suspicion of murdering four people in Omaha, Neb., in separate attacks over a five-year period.

Two of the victims were former Norman residents, Dr. Roger Brumback and his wife, Mary.

Dr. Anthony Garcia, 40, was apprehended by Illinois State Police on Monday during a traffic stop in Union County, Ill., which is in the southern part of the state. Authorities said Garcia appeared to be intoxicated and he was carrying a .45-caliber handgun with him.

He was being held in Illinois on suspicion of four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of using a weapon to commit a felony.

According to police, Garcia, a former medical resident at Creighton University, is accused of killing the Brumbacks, both 65, in May and also of killing 11-year-old Thomas Hunter and 57-year-old Shrilee Sherman in 2008.

Garcia was fired by Dr. Roger Brumback and William Hunter in 2001. Garcia reportedly left Omaha after being fired, but police believe he returned to visit in 2008, the year of the first homicides.

Thomas Hunter was William Hunter’s son. Police don’t believe Thomas Hunter and Sherman were the intended targets.

Dr. Brumback came to OU in the late 1980s and was named a David Ross Boyd Professor in 1997. Roger Brumback was formerly on the OU Health Sciences Center faculty and wrote a medical column for The Transcript. He accepted a post as professor and department chair at Creighton University’s School of Medicine in 2001.

Mary Brumback graduated from the OU College of Law and practiced family law in Norman for several years.

Indiana State Police SWAT team members entered Garcia’s home Monday.

Detectives from the Omaha Police Homicide Unit, along with other authorities and crime scene investigators with the Indiana State Police, spent the afternoon and evening searching Garcia’s home after obtaining a search warrant. The FBI also was present at the scene.

The Douglas County, Neb., Coroner’s office stated in June that Roger Brumback was shot to death while his wife, Mary, died of stab wounds.

According to the Omaha World Herald, police have said they believe Garcia committed the homicides on his own.

However, the police chief said the investigation is continuing, with search warrants being served in other states.

Schmaderer said Garcia was fired from his position at Creighton for erratic behavior.

Details for this story were provided by The Tribune Star in Terre Haute, Ind., and the Associated Press.