Detroit radio presenter killed in attempted murder-suicide at his home


A Detroit, Michigan radio presenter was killed in a murder-suicide attempt at his home, the station said on Friday.

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

Police say a 35-year-old woman, who escaped the home with her 5-year-old daughter, reported a driver and called 911. When officers arrived, they found the body of a adult male in the house as well as a 10 year old child. -old boy who was tied up and in a closet.

Township Public Safety Director Brian Bassett told a news conference the boy suffered blunt force trauma and was hospitalized in critical condition.

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

Bassett said the suspect, a 54-year-old man, was in the basement of the home suffering from a self-inflicted injury. He is in stable condition in hospital, according to the director.

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

The manager said they are still trying to figure out what happened.

“There appears to be a relationship. The suspect was frequently at the home. We are still investigating the relationship 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 nighttime anchor at the Detroit-based AM radio station for almost seven years.

“He often spoke with his colleagues about his love for his two children and their adventures at school,” the station said in a statement. Tweeter. “He loved delivering breaking news to his listeners and was incredibly dedicated to WWJ and the broadcast industry. There were many tears shed in our newsroom today and Jim will be sorely missed.”


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