Detroit News Anchor Dead and Four Others Injured In Domestic Incident

Detroit News Anchor Dead and Four Others Injured In Domestic Incident

A Detroit radio host was killed and four people injured after being attacked in their home during a murder-attempted suicide on Friday.

A 54-year-old man stabbed a woman who was able to make it out of the Hidden Harbor condo with her 5-year-old daughter, who was also injured. The woman flagged down a car and called 911.

When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the body of WWJ 950 anchor Jim Matthews. A 10-year-old boy, the son of Matthews and his girlfriend was found tied up and beaten in a closet. 

The attacker, who has not been identified, was found in the basement suffering from self-inflicted stab wounds and overdosing on heroin. He was administered Narcan and taken to a hospital in stable condition.

The woman and the boy were brought to an area hospital and listed in critical condition. The little girl was listed in stable condition. 

Authorities are unsure of the timeline of events and have not released a motive for the attack. They are calling it a domestic incident. An investigation remains ongoing. 

“Our investigation has determined this is an isolated tragedy that does not present a danger to our community at this time,” Brian Bassett, the town’s public and safety officer, said during a news conference. “The Chesterfield Public Safety Department will not rest until we receive justice for our victims.”

Jim Matthews spent seven years as an evening news anchor with WWJ. His colleagues described him as the “consummate professional,” friendly, and helpful.

“There have been many tears shed in our newsroom today, and Jim will be greatly missed,” WWJ said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

About ErinBoogie

Erin Boogie is a blogger for and producer/co-host of the weekly radio show In the Field Radio.

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