Idaho Police: Five Dead, Including Two Young Children, In Possible Murder-Suicide‎

05/13/2011 04:07 pm ET | Updated Jul 13, 2011

Four persons, including two small children, were found dead of gunshot wounds in a possible murder-suicide in eastern Idaho. A fifth victim, the alleged shooter, died at a local hospital, police said.

According to Sgt. Jeff Edwards of the Bonneville County Sheriff's Office, deputies from his department, as well as firefighters from two area stations, were dispatched to a house fire on Amber Lane in Ammon at about 2:45 a.m. Friday. Ammon is located in the Idaho Falls metropolitan area.

"The fire was confined to the basement and stairwell of the home," Edwards said in a press release. "The basement had been set on fire."

Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the flames. Inside the home, they found an adult male who was unconscious and breathing. He had suffered an apparent "self-inflicted gunshot wound" to the head. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Two adult females and two small children were found dead inside the home. All four had gunshot wounds.

According to eastern Idaho’s KIFI-TV, the female victims were sisters, ages 19- and 22-years-old. The children were ages one and three. It was unknown whether the women and children were related, the news station reported.

According to a spokeswoman for the sheriff's department, the case is "still an active investigation," and authorities are not releasing the names of the victims until they contact family members.


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