4 dead in apparent murder-suicide in Menifee

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MENIFEE – Sheriff’s deputies found four people dead, including a suspect, inside a Menifee home after an apparent murder-suicide, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

The killings happened Monday afternoon at a home in the 31000 block of Sherman Road, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Carroll.

Deputies responded to the home just before 4 p.m. for a report of a domestic violence incident, and came into a contact with a man who “refused to exit the house and told deputies he had shot his family,” Carroll said.

The deputies at the scene tried to negotiate with the man to surrender, but he refused. Deputies later heard what they believed to be a single gunshot, and stormed the home to fine the suspect dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Carroll

They also discovered three other people inside the house with gunshot wounds. Two were pronounced dead at the scene, while one was taken to a hospital but died after arrival.

Homicide detectives responded to the home and took over the investigation. The names of the victims and the suspect were all being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Anyone who may have information on the incident was asked to call detectives at 951-955-2777.

Will Fritz can be reached by email at wfritz@reedermedia.com.