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Second adult's body found in burned-out El Cajon home

August 22, 2011 |  6:15 pm

A second adult's body has been found in the burned-out home in El Cajon where a gunman fled after firing at two officers Sunday, police said.

Police believe the bodies are those of Kevin Collier, 32, and his mother-in-law, Beverli Rakov, 51, although individual identification has not been immediately possible because the bodies were burned beyond recognition.

Collier set fire to the home after killing his mother-in-law and his 14-month-old daughter, Rhilee Jean Collier, police said.

The child's body was found in Collier's truck outside the home on Prince Street, dead from a gunshot to the head, police said.

When two officers responded Sunday afternoon to a call from a neighbor about a man brandishing a gun, Collier fired at officers Jarred Slocum and Tim McFarland.

Slocum, 28, a four-year veteran of the department, was struck in the neck. He is in critical but stable condition after surgery. He is married with two children.

News video showed Slocum returning fire at Collier before collapsing. McFarland dragged Slocum to safety as Collier continued to fire his weapon, police said.

The El Cajon SWAT squad found one body in the house Sunday night. A second body was found Monday afternoon after officers reentered the home.

Identification of the bodies is pending from the San Diego County medical examiner.

Collier, who ran a dog kennel, had sent messages to friends Sunday stating he had killed his daughter and mother-in-law. Collier and his wife, Alyssa, were in the midst of divorce.


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Photo: El Cajon Officer Jarred Slocum. Credit: El Cajon Police Department