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Pa. man accused of gunning down 6 relatives killed himself with a sword
The man suspected of fatally shooting six relatives and leaving one injured during an early Monday morning shooting spree in suburban Philadelphia has been found dead.
This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., shows Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa., a suspect in six shooting deaths in Montgomery County on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said all of the victims have a "familial relationship" to Stone. (AP Photo/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A poolice officer runs a line near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CORRECTS CITY TO PENNSBURG INSTEAD OF SOUDERTON - Police move near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Authorities say Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CORRECTS CITY TO PENNSBURG INSTEAD OF SOUDERTON - Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Authorities say Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stonekilled six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police move near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., shows Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa., a suspect in six shooting deaths in Montgomery County on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said all of the victims have a "familial relationship" to Stone. (AP Photo/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)
A gunman suspected of killing five people in three separate locations in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is believed to be barricaded inside a home. SWAT officers and an armored vehicle responded to the scene as other authorities could be seen outside a home. Police say the shootings began early Monday morning. The first victim... a woman was found dead just before 4 a.m in Lower Salford Township. Two more victims were discovered shortly after that in Lansdale.
Police move near a home where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police move near the scene of a shooting at a home Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. A suspect is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A police officer moves near the scene of a shooting Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. Police are surrounding a home in Souderton, outside Philadelphia, where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police move near the scene of a shooting Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. Police are surrounding a home in Souderton, outside Philadelphia, where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A police officer stands near the scene of a shooting Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. A suspect is believed to have barricaded himself inside a Souderton home after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations.
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CORRECTS CITY TO PENNSBURG INSTEAD OF SOUDERTON - Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Authorities say Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stonekilled six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A police officer stands at the door of a crime scene at a home Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. A suspect was believed to have been barricaded inside after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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By RYAN GORMAN

The man suspected of fatally stabbing and shooting six relatives and leaving one injured during an early Monday morning killing spree in suburban Philadelphia has been found dead.

Bradley Stone, 35, was found Tuesday in a field about 200-yards from his Pennsburg, Pennsylvania home, law enforcement sources told WPVI. Officials linked the killings to a "contentious" custody battle.

The Marine veteran appears to have taken his own life by plunging a sword into his stomach, according to the station. The sword is also believed to have been used during the murderous rampage, according to WPVI.

Earlier media reports suggested Stone suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after serving in Iraq. But Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Furman refuted those claims in a Tuesday afternoon press conference, saying that he was never diagnosed with the mental disorder.

The accused killer was wearing sand-colored fatigues bearing a tag with his name when authorities found his body.

Reports that a video recorded by the accused killer was found on a cell phone near his body were also refuted by Furman.

it was also revealed that Stone hacked, slashed and shot his way through all three crime scenes.

His victims suffered injuries ranging from multiple gunshots to their head, neck, arms or hands to stab and slash wounds, said Furman.

Authorities spent the past 24 hours searching for the disturbed man but also admitted he likely killed himself. The manhunt occurred out of an abundance of caution, police insisted.

Stone stands accused of fatally shooting ex-wife Nicole Hill Stone, her brother-in-law, daughter, mother, grandmother and niece were also shot dead, according to police.

A 17-year-old male who survived the hellish assault suffered "serious" stab and slash wounds that appeared to be defensive in nature.

"[The teen] was trying to fight off his attacker," said Furman.

Stone's one man war may have been triggered by difficulties in a child custody dispute with his now-dead ex-wife, according to Furman. The pair was engaged in an ongoing battle over their children.

"Just last week, Stone made an effort in court to try to secure emergency custody, that was denied," said Furman.

Hill Stone's two children with the gunman reportedly witnessed their mother's killing and were rushed away from her dead body while hysterically crying, according to reports.

"There' no excuse, there's no valid justification for snuffing out these six lives ... this is a horrific tragedy," a visibly upset Furman told the gathered media throng.

The military vet's only known criminal conviction is for a DWI, according to Furman. He was under supervision by a military court, but that did not bar him from owning firearms.

Stone's current wife and children were immediately taken Monday morning into protective custody.

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