Father kills 2 teens, 2 children in attack on family at Michigan home, police say

Posted at 4:23 AM, Sep 21, 2016

Police are on the scene of a tragic situation that unfolded early Wednesday morning in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.

According to the Dearborn Heights Police chief, a man killed four of his children/stepchildren at the home. The mother was also shot and attacked at the residence.

Police tell Detroit-based WXYZ the man called police around 1:20 a.m. and told them he had killed his whole family. Police say when they arrived, they found him waiting on the front porch for the officers and was taken into custody.

At the home, police found a horrific scene. Officers say the victims were attacked in various ways. 

Two teenagers, 17 and 19 years old, were found shot and killed inside the home, the two younger children, 4 and 6 years old, were found dead in their beds, according to police. Police say the youngest children died from carbon monoxide poisoning. WXYZ reported the man manipulated the tail pipe of the car and killed the children with exhaust fumes. They were then placed back into bed, according to police. 

The woman is currently listed in critical condition at the hospital. Police say she was able to speak with investigators. 

Police say the man is the stepfather of the two of the children and the father of the other two. Officers do confirm the incident stemmed from a domestic violence situation.

"We don't have a lot of instances like is a very tragic situation," said Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko. "Words can't explain what took place here."

Neighbors describe the family as quiet and hardworking. We're told they just threw a children's birthday party a few weeks ago. 

"Just two or three weeks ago, they had a birthday party, balloons and all that stuff out there," said neighbor Ronnie Jones. "They've been working on the house the last two or three months, added doors...garage door they added a bunch of stuff to the house."