DETROIT – A man is in police custody after authorities said he asphyxiated his two young children in a car at their Dearborn Heights home, shot and killed his two stepchildren and slashed and shot his wife early Wednesday.
Dearborn Heights Police Lt. Michael Krause told the Detroit Free Press the father called 911 about 1 a.m., saying he had just killed his family at their home. When officers arrived, the man was standing on the front porch and he told them his family was inside dead.
Police Chief Lee Gavin said police quickly arrested the man and ran into the home to locate the children and his wife.
Krause said officers found the two older siblings, a 17-year-old female and 19-year-old male, bound and dead from obvious gunshot wounds in the basement. Their mother, who police believe is about 40, was also found in the basement with multiple injuries.
“She had gunshot wounds and slashing wounds from a knife to her face and throat area,” Krause said. The woman was transported to Oakwood Hospital in critical condition, Krause said.
Officers checking other parts of the home then found a 4-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy dead in their beds in a bedroom. Police said it appears the two children died from “intentional carbon monoxide asphyxiation.”
“They were asphyxiated in a car with a makeshift tailpipe hose that was redirected into the vehicle,” Krause said. “And then they were taken from the car and back into their bedroom.”
Krause said officers tried to revive the two young children. They were taken to Oakwood Hospital and pronounced dead.
Police are continuing to investigate a possible motive, but Krause said police think the killings stem from a marital issue. Court records show the wife filed for divorce in August.
Police said the two teens are the woman’s children from a previous relationship, but the young boy and girl were his biological children, Krause said.
“We’re being assisted by Michigan State Police evidence techs,” Krause said. “We’re conducting another part of the investigation, which includes interviewing the suspect and looking into his background.”
According to state criminal history records, a Gregory Vicente Green, 49, whose home address is the same as the homicide scene, was convicted of second-degree murder in March 1992. He was sentenced to 15-25 years in prison.
On Sept. 1, he was issued a learner’s permit for a commercial driver’s license in Michigan, according to the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office.
Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko, speaking near the home, called the killings “a tragedy in every sense of the word.”
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