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Police: Dad Shoots 2 Kids, Self at Oklahoma Air Force Base

Monday , February 25, 2008






An adult and two children were found dead inside family housing Monday following a domestic disturbance at Tinker Air Force Base.


An Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office tactical team entered the home and discovered a man and children, ages 4 and 8, around 4:30 p.m., two hours after military security forces contacted the sheriff's office for assistance, Sheriff John Whetsel said.


"At that point in time, the information that we received was that a member of the military and an ex-spouse had an altercation, that the ex-spouse had left the residence, and that she had heard gunshots upon her departure from the residence," Whetsel told reporters at a news conference on the southeast Oklahoma City base.


Officials said the names of the victims were withheld pending notification next of kin, but Whetsel and Col. Mark Correll, a Tinker spokesman, referred to him as a member of the military.


Correll said Air Force policy precludes any release of information on the deceased within 24 hours after next of kin have been notified.


"We'll provide as much detail about the individuals as is releasable at that time," Correll said.


Whetsel called it a "sad day in Oklahoma County."


"I had the unfortunate duty ... to break the news of the death to the mother and she is not responding well, as you might expect," Whetsel said.


Correll and Whetsel both declined to take questions from reporters.


"We know there are still family members that have not been notified, and that's why that's all the information we're giving period about the victims in this incident," Whetsel said.


Whetsel said that the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and U.S. Marshals assisted the sheriff's office and security forces from the base.

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