Ohio man kills wife and three children, then self

DETROIT Sat Apr 16, 2011 1:54pm EDT

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DETROIT (Reuters) - A northern Ohio man shot to death his wife and three children before calling a police emergency operator early Saturday and killing himself, police said.

Alan Atwater, 31, of Oak Harbor called a 911-operator at 12:11 a.m. Saturday and told the communications deputy "there has been a terrible accident at my house, my wife and three children are dead," the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office said.

Asked what happened, Atwater told the dispatcher "gunshot wound" and then "I'm getting ready to kill myself right now," the sheriff's office said.

The dispatcher then asked Atwater "did you kill them?" and he said "yes." The dispatcher asked "what went on," and Atwater ended the call, the office said.

Police said they found five bodies upstairs at the family's two-story farmhouse about 30 miles east of Toledo including Atwater; his wife Dawn, 30; daughter Ashley, 4; and sons Isaac and Brady, ages 2 and 1 respectively.

Atwater had no criminal record other than non-drug or alcohol-related traffic violations and was employed in the maintenance department at the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, the sheriff's office said. Detectives were continuing an investigation.

(Writing by Mary Wisniewski; additional reporting by George Tanber; Editing by David Bailey)

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Comments (4)
bvckvs wrote:
Ironically, he likely purchased the weapon to “protect” his family.

Apr 16, 2011 7:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mcbscott wrote:
You’re right, If he didn’t have a gun this completely sane man would not of killed his family.

Apr 17, 2011 2:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
yogayogahua wrote:
There’s nothing turn easy going man to over night deadly killer like been told… All your childrens are not yours. So, all your efforts in raising them these past years are in futile. Or your wife threaten to have you locked up for minor family misundrstanding that can affect your job…or perhaps more interesting one: She’s having affairs while you’re working hard to provide for the family!!! Anyway, nobody know the real reason for this man to outburst and killed everyone he professed once loved. May we look deep into ourselves and find heart of forgiveness and stop eye for an eye tactics. The pressure we all are is enough than to add fuel to fire. If you’re stress out from family responsibilities… ask for help!!! Take a break, ask for emergency time off from your job to reaccess your metal health!!!

Apr 17, 2011 3:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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