A New York cop has reportedly shot himself and his family after a USD-40,000 bank transfer was flagged by anti-fraud officials and stopped.
Neighbours reported gunshots coming from the family home in the town of Clay in Onondaga County in the US state of New York at around 7.30am on 7th February.
The suspected shooter, off-duty Onondaga County officer Isaac Eames, 48, was found dead while his 46-year-old wife Karen Eames, his 21-year-old son Troy Eames, and the family dog had also suffered gunshot wounds.
According to reports, the cop’s body was located past the foyer, his son was found on the staircase landing after suffering a head shot at close range, and his wife had been shot in the face and arm in a bedroom.
The victims were rushed to the Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.
Isaac, Troy, and the family dog have been confirmed dead while the suspect’s wife is reportedly fighting for her life in hospital.
Onondaga County sheriff Gene Conway told local media: “There’s indication that he shot his son and his wife and the dog and then turned the gun on himself.
“There’s no signs of struggle…no indication of any drawn-out argument.
“We have every reason to believe that [Isaac] was responsible, that he was the one that fired the weapon, both at his family members and then turned the gun on himself.”
According to the news site Syracuse.com, it has been revealed that a USD-40,000 (GBP-29,500) transfer to the suspect’s account was flagged by bank officials and halted.
The transfer was being moved from an Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office account and anti-fraud workers at the bank notified police officials about the apparently suspicious transfer.
The investigation is ongoing.
Karen’s loved ones have launched a GoFundMe campaign that has so far raised over USD 93,000 (GBP 68,600) to assist her and her surviving son Andrew (www.gofundme.com/f/help-support-karen-andrew-and-troy).