Florida authorities arrest suspect accused of triple homicide

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Posted: Dec 06, 2014 10:22 PM

(Reuters) - A suspect was arrested on Saturday in western Florida where he is accused of killing his wife and her friend before shooting dead a pastor at a church, police said.

Authorities took Andres "Andy" Avalos, 33, into custody in wooded area behind a motor home in Bradenton, Florida and charged him with the three homicides, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said.

Avalos is accused of shooting dead pastor James "Tripp" Battle, 31, at Bayshore Baptist Church after killing his own wife and her friend at a nearby home.

Police have not said how Amber Avalos, 33, and Denise Potter, 46, died.

Amber Avalos was the nursery and children's director at the church and had six children with her husband, according to the church's website. The children were all safe, police have said.

(Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Kim Coghill)