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Detroit radio news anchor killed in attempted murder-suicide at his home

A Detroit, Michigan, radio news anchor was killed in an attempted murder-suicide at his home, the station said Friday.

Jim Matthews, 57, was found dead at his Chesterfield Township residence on Bayview Drive around noon Friday. Three other victims, including his two children, were at the home and have been hospitalized.

Police said a 35-year-old woman who ran away from home with her 5-year-old daughter flagged down a driver and called 911. When officers arrived, they found the body of an adult male in the home, as well as a 10 year old boy. – Old man who was tied up and in a closet.

The town’s public safety director, Brian Bassett, said at a news conference that the boy suffered blunt force trauma and is hospitalized in critical condition.

The woman appeared to have sustained multiple stab wounds and was taken to the hospital in critical but stable condition, Bassett said. The 5-year-old girl is in stable condition.

Bassett said the suspect, a 54-year-old man, was located in the basement of the home with a self-inflicted wound. He is in stable condition at the hospital, according to the director.

Authorities said the suspect knew the victims and frequently visited the home. On the morning of the incident, he was “welcomed to the house,” Bassett told reporters.

The director said they are still trying to determine what happened.

“There appears to be some relationship. The suspect was frequently in the house. We are still investigating what the relationship is between all parties,” he said.

Bassett said the incident appears to be an “isolated tragedy” and there is no danger to the community.

Police declined to release names, but WWJ identified Matthews as one of the victims. He worked as a late-night anchor at the Detroit-based AM radio station for nearly seven years.

“She often talked to her co-workers about her love for her two sons and their adventures at school,” the station said in a statement. cheep. “He loved breaking the news for his listeners and he was incredibly dedicated to WWJ and the broadcast industry. Many tears have been shed in our newsroom today and Jim will be sorely missed.”


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