Ohio couple, 7-year-old son murdered in apparent home invasion
A Columbus, Ohio couple and their 7-year-old son were shot and killed Monday, while the family's 12-year-old daughter was critically injured, police said.
Investigators said the shooting suspect, identified as 50-year-old Barry Kirk, was shot by police as he fled the scene and died at a hospital a few hours later.
It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting on the city's west side. The Columbus Dispatch reported that woman made a 911 call at around 5 p.m. local time saying that her husband had been shot by an intruder who was still inside. The dispatcher said that more shots could be heard during the call.
Police were responding to the shooting report when they saw Kirk. They shot him after a foot chase, Weiner said. He didn't know if the suspect and officers exchanged gunfire. A weapon was found near the suspect, he said.
Police didn't discover the victims until after Kirk was shot and they went into the home.
"I don't know if this was a home invasion, if he was let into the house, if they knew the suspect," Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner told the Associated Press, speaking up the street from where numerous police cars sat, lights flashing. "That's all of the questions that the investigator is going to be asking."
The Dispatch identified the victims as John E. Anderson II, 31; Christina Chaffin Anderson, 30; and Landon Anderson, 7. The couple's wounded daughter was identified as Makyleigh Anderson.
A fifth person was taken from the house uninjured.
Neighbor Jeff Drown, 51, described John Anderson to the Associated Press as "a good kid."
"He don't get into trouble. He don't bother nobody," Drown said. "He just raised his family. And now he's gone."