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Father, two children dead in apparent murder-suicide, police say

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Police investigate after a father apparently killed his two sons and then took his own life at a home near Indigo Sky Way and Pentenwell Lane in South Jordan on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

Andrew Adams, Deseret News

SOUTH JORDAN — Two children are dead after police say their father killed them and then took his own life in a Daybreak home.

Police were originally called Tuesday to a medical call of someone in full arrest at the home near Indigo Sky Way and Pentenwell Lane, said South Jordan Police Lt. Matt Pennington.

In the home police found an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy dead, as well as a man in his 30s believed to be their biological father. Details about their manner of death were not released.

“Once we arrived on scene it was pretty chaotic,” Pennington said. “What we have come to find out we have is what we believe to be a domestic murder-suicide at this point.”

The incident involves a spouse and former spouse and their two children, Pennington said.

“He was not living here at the time,” Pennington said of the father. “They had separated. He was here, from my understanding, watching the children when this took place.”

Pennington said police have responded to domestic incidents at the home in the past, but nothing had been reported Tuesday prior to the emergency medical call. Police believe the children’s mother made that call after returning home, and Pennington said the 8-year-old boy was initially transported to a hospital.

Police expected to remain at the home through the night investigating.

“It’s a tough call for all of us, this is one of the worst ones you’re going to go on,” said Pennington, who noted most of the officers who responded are parents themselves.

Free and confidential help and support for victims and survivors of domestic violence is available 24/7 at 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at udvc.org.

Contributing: Paul Nelson