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Detroit radio news anchor killed, 4 hospitalized in murder-attempted suicide

Muri Assunção, New York Daily News on

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A Detroit radio news anchor was killed and four other people, including his two children, are hospitalized in what police are calling a murder and suicide attempt.

The tragic incident happened Friday afternoon. Police were called to the Chesterfield Township home of Jim Matthews, an overnight news anchor at WWJ NewsRadio 950, after a woman who had escaped a home on Hidden Harbor Condominiums called authorities.

Brian Bassett, Chesterfield Police’s public safety director, said that authorities received the 911 call around noon on Friday. They were informed that the 35-year-old woman and her 5-year-old daughter had made it out of the home, the station reported.

According to Basset, the child was injured and the woman was suffering from multiple stab wounds.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they found a 57-year-old man dead and the woman’s 10-year-old boy tied up in the closet.

The man was later identified as Matthews. The boy was suffering from blunt force trauma and was rushed to a hospital.


Another adult male was found at the scene: a 54-year-old who authorities say was suffering from self-inflicted wounds, as well as a drug overdose.

Investigators said that a gun was not involved.

According to the Macomb County prosecutor, the suspect was overdosing on heroin when he was found. He was treated with Narcan and is hospitalized in stable condition.

As of Friday evening, the woman and boy were reported to be in critical condition. The girl was also hospitalized but in stable condition, according to local television station WJBK-TV.


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