Charleston Massacre Suspect Dylann Storm Roof's Own Father & Uncle Turned Him In To Police, Cops Say

Church Shooting Father

Jun. 30 2015, Updated 7:10 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email

Dylann Storm Roof's own family identified him to police as the Charleston massacre suspect, can reveal.

In Charleston Police Department documents obtained by Radar, Detective Richard Burckhardt claims that the troubled 21-year-old's father and uncle called authorities after the then-unknown suspect's photos were released to the public.


They "positively identified the defendant and his vehicle as those they saw in the photographs," Detective Burckhardt stated in an affidavit. "Further, the defendant's father told investigators that his son owns a .45 caliber handgun."

Article continues below advertisement

Casings from a .45 gun were recovered from the scene of the crime, records add.

Radar can identify Roof's father as construction company founder Bennett Roof, 52, of Columbia, South Carolina.

Roof is believed to have shot and killed nine innocent worshipers in a historical black Charleston church on Wednesday evening.

He was caught in North Carolina on Thursday, and was taken into custody.

In a sick move, he smirked through his extradition this morning.

As Radar exclusively reported, the high school drop out was arrested for possession of drugs including cocaine and meth earlier this year, and was later arrested for trespassing near a local mall.


© Copyright 2022 Radar Media Group LLC. Radar and RadarOnline are registered trademarks. All Rights Reserved. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Offers may be subject to change without notice.