Sheriff: Husband suspected of the murder of a wife and 3 children | Michigan News

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A mother and her three young children were shot and the suspected shooter — her husband — was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the head, a central Michigan sheriff said Saturday.

Mecosta County Sheriff Brian Miller said deputies responding to reports of gunfire found the injured mother, children and man Friday afternoon at a home near Big Rapids in the township. of Austin, about 180 miles (290 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

Describing the shooting as “heartbreaking”, Miller said the children were all under the age of 10. He did not disclose their names.

“No words can explain what happened,” Miller told

Miller said evidence suggests the woman’s husband was responsible for the deaths. He is being treated at a hospital in Ann Arbor. The murders are under investigation.

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“We don’t know exactly what the circumstances were,” Miller said. “It’s tragic in every way.”

The person who alerted authorities was outside the home when deputies arrived and was not shot, he said.

The local school district has been notified and should have crisis counseling available, Miller said.

“We have a tight-knit community at Mecosta,” Miller said. “There is no better place where I would rather raise my children.”

The shootings had an emotional impact, he said.

“With our first responders, almost everyone on the scene had children of their own. I can tell you they took it very badly,” Miller said.

“We need to be there to advise and comfort our community,” he said.

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