LAKEVILLE, Mass., June 13 -- A Massachusetts veteran firefighter, his wife and their two young children have been found shot to death in what investigators believe was a murder-suicide.
Investigators Tuesday were trying to determine the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Brockton fire Lt. Paul Riley, 53, his wife, Alicia, 37, and their two children, Matthew, 6, and Erin, 2.
Plymouth County District Attorney Michael Sullivan said a handgun was found next to Riley's body in an upstairs bedroom in the two-story house. His wife's body, fully clothed, was discovered in a bathtub. The two children were found tucked into their beds in separate bedrooms. All had been shot to death.
Sullivan said authorities went to Riley's home about 6 p.m. Monday after relatives expressed concerns they had not heard from the family since Friday.
The scene inside the house was "tragic and heart-wrenching," said Lakeville Police Chief Mark Sorel.
Officials said they knew of no domestic problems within the family.
"There were no signs of issues as far as we can tell," Brockton Mayor John Yunits said in Tuesday's Boston Herald.
Reports said authorities concluded it was a murder-suicide because the house had been secured with deadbolts and locks from the inside, and investigators had to force their way into the home.
Riley was a 27-year firefighting veteran whose license to own a handgun had expired several years ago, Sorel said.NEWLN: