MACOMBE COUNTY, Mich. – Police are investigating what they say was an attempted suicide in suburban Detroit that left a radio host dead and four others injured.
Chesterfield Township police said a 57-year-old man had died, and WWJ Newsradio 950 identified the man as nightly news anchor Jim Matthews on Friday evening, September 23rd.
“Jim has been a news anchor for almost seven years. He often spoke to colleagues about his children and his love for them and their adventures at school, “according to the story.
The story went on to say that Matthew’s girlfriend and two of his children were injured in the incident.
Chesterfield police said a 54-year-old man has been identified as a suspect. The man was found wounded in the basement of the home, where police also found the man and a 10-year-old boy dead, tied up in a closet.
The home is in the Hidden Harbor condominiums in the area of Hooker Road and Jefferson Avenue.
A WWJ story said Matthews “was a consummate professional and dedicated to WWJ and the broadcasting industry. He liked to bring the latest news to his listeners.
“Many tears were shed in our editorial office this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim’s family and friends,” the story said.
During a news conference Friday, Chesterfield Public Safety Chief Brian Bassett gave the ages and conditions of the victims. They are a 35-year-old woman in critical condition, a 10-year-old boy in critical condition, a 5-year-old girl in critical condition and a 54-year-old suspect in critical condition.
Bassett said the suspect had what police believe was a self-inflicted wound and also a suspected overdose. No weapons were involved in the incident.
A woman was stabbed and a 10-year-old boy suffered blunt force trauma, police said.
Police responded to the scene around noon Friday after a motorist stopped to help a woman and a 5-year-old child. Bassett said she ran away from home.
During the press conference, Bassett talked about domestic violence, but did not specify the relationship of the suspect to other participants in the incident. He said the suspect is often at the home, but police are still looking into the relationships between all involved.
“Our investigation has determined that this is an isolated tragedy that does not pose a danger to our community at this time,” he said.
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