Detroit radio information anchor killed in tried murder-suicide at his house

A Detroit, Michigan, radio information anchor was killed in an tried murder-suicide at his house, the station mentioned Friday.

Jim Matthews, 57, was discovered lifeless at his Chesterfield Township residence on Bayview Drive round midday Friday. Three different victims, together with his two kids, have been on the house and have been hospitalized.

Police mentioned a lady, 35, who escaped the house along with her 5-year-old daughter, flagged down a driver and referred to as 911. When officers arrived, they discovered the physique of an grownup man within the house in addition to a 10-year-old boy who was certain and in a closet.

Township Public Security Director Brian Bassett mentioned at a information convention that the boy was affected by blunt drive trauma and is hospitalized in vital situation.

The lady appeared to have been affected by a number of stab wounds and was taken to the hospital in vital however steady situation, Bassett mentioned. The 5-year-old woman is steady.

Bassett mentioned that the suspect, a 54-year-old man, was situated within the basement of the house affected by a self-inflicted wound. He’s in steady situation on the hospital, in response to the director.

Authorities mentioned the suspect knew the victims and ceaselessly visited the house. On the morning of the incident, he was “welcomed into the house,” Bassett advised reporters.

The director mentioned they’re nonetheless making an attempt to find out what occurred.

“There seems to be some relationship. The suspect was ceaselessly on the house. We’re nonetheless investigating what the connection is between all of the events,” he mentioned.

Bassett mentioned the incident seems to be an “remoted tragedy” and there’s no hazard to the neighborhood.

Police declined to launch the names however WWJ recognized Matthews as one of many victims. He labored as an in a single day anchor on the Detroit-based AM radio station for almost seven years.

“He would typically converse along with his co-workers about his love for his two kids, and their adventures in school,” the station mentioned in a tweet. “He beloved delivering the newest information to his listeners, and was extremely devoted to WWJ and the broadcasting business. There have been many tears shed in our newsroom in the present day and Jim shall be significantly missed.”

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