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Detroit radio news anchor killed, 4 injured in domestic attack

Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A man identified as a Detroit radio news anchor was killed Friday as part of a domestic attack near the city in which four others were injured, police said.

Police responded to a call at an address in Chesterfield Township, Mich., located about 30 miles northeast of Detroit, and upon arrival found a 57-year-old man dead inside a condominium, Chesterfield Police Chief Brian Bassett told reporters.

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Four people were hospitalized as a result of the incident, including a 54-year-old man identified as a suspect in the case, a 35-year-old woman and two children, ages 5 and 10.

Bassett said the man killed in the attack is believed to be the father of the children and that the injured 54-year-old was frequently at the home. A 10-year-old boy is in critical condition after being found bound in a closet and suffering from blunt-force trauma injuries, he added.

The 35-year-old woman is also in critical condition. The suspect had attempted suicide by overdose following the attack but survived and is hospitalized in stable condition, Bassett said.

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The man killed in the attack was identified by WWJ Radio as Jim Matthews, its overnight news anchor, who had served in the job for seven years.

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"He would often speak with his co-workers about his love for his two children and their adventures at school," the station said a statement. "He loved delivering the latest news to his listeners and was incredibly dedicated to WWJ and the broadcasting industry."

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