What police believe was a domestic disturbance ended with one man dead and four others injured, including the 54-year-old male suspect.
Law enforcement reported the death of Detroit radio news broadcaster Jim Matthews, 57, Friday from an incident at his home on the 33000 block of Bayview in Chesterfield Township.
Matthews worked as the overnight news anchor at Detroit all-news station WWJ-AM for nearly seven years, according to the station’s website.
“He would often talk to co-workers about his children and his love for them and their adventures at school,” coworkers sad about him in a statement. “He was a consummate professional and was dedicated to WWJ and the broadcasting industry. He loved delivering the latest news to his listeners.”
Chesterfield Township police said four people were hospitalized from the incident they believe was a domestic situation. A 54-year-old man whom police consider their prime suspect, a 35-year-old woman and a five- and 10-year-old were injured in the attack that ended the life of Matthews. Police have not named the people found at the home yet.
“The suspect and all three surviving victims have been taken to an area hospital,” Township police noted in a statement. “This is a tragic situation but there is no threat to the community at this time.”
The injured 54-year-old suspect was frequently at the home, according to a Detroit Free Press report.
Authorities are investigating the relationship among all the parties, Public Safety Director Brian Bassett said during a Friday press conference.
Bassett said authorities received a 911 call about noon Friday after the woman escaped with her 5-year-old daughter, and the driver of a passing vehicle stopped and helped. Bassett noted the 911 call was placed using the motorist’s phone.
He explained the mother suffered stab wounds, which responding police and fire crews began treating at the scene.
Police officers not treating the woman and child entered the home and found the 57-year-old man dead. A 10-year-old boy was found in a closet, bound and suffering from blunt-force trauma, Bassett said.
The 54-year-old male suspect was found in the basement, suffering from self-inflicted wounds and an apparent overdose, Basset explained, adding police believe he was trying to commit suicide.
He said the woman was in critical, but stable, condition; her daughter was in stable condition and the boy was in critical condition.
The suspect is in stable condition, he concluded.
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