Four Bodies Found in Mesquite May Be Triple-Murder and Suicide

Published 03/14 2013 10:26AM

Updated 03/14 2013 10:28AM


Mesquite police say the bodies of four people were found inside a home four days after receiving a 911 call reporting gunfire.

Police officials told NBC 5 that officers were called to a home in the 1400 block of Paintbrush Street at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday after someone reported hearing gunfire.

The responding officers said they did not see anything unusual and did not see signs of forced entry. They said they were unable to reach the residents.

The officers left after talking with a neighbor who reported hearing and seeing nothing out of the ordinary. Officers returned to the house two more times Saturday morning but were still unable to reach anyone who lived at the home.

Police said the same officer who initially responded to the call returned to the home Wednesday morning and noticed mail in the mailbox and newspapers in the yard. Officials then made the decision to enter the home. Once inside, police discovered four bodies.

The bodies of two men and two women were found in four separate rooms of the house. Each victim had been shot, Lt. Bill Hedgpeth said. Police said the victims are related.

A handgun was recovered at the scene near one of the bodies, and investigators are not searching for any suspects, Hedgpeth said.

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