Bedford massacre: Five family members found dead in suburban Perth home West Australia

Bedford massacre: Five family members found dead in suburban Perth home West Australia

A MAN has surrendered himself at a regional WA police station this morning, revealing a killing spree at a home in the Perth suburb of Bedford.

Police arrived at the north-eastern suburbs property about noon WA time (2pm AEST), where they found the bodies of up to five people — including women and children.

The Coode St address and surrounds have since been sealed off. Homicide detectives and forensic analysts have erected a pavilion on the street, near the intersection with Fort Street, as they initiate their investigations.

The man, said to be in his 20s, is in custody and undergoing questioning.

Police say there are no ongoing concerns for public safety as a result of this incident.

WITNESS ACCOUNT

A distraught neighbour told WA Todaythat she often saw children playing in the front yard of the house at the center of police investigations.

“It’s just so sad, they’ve got primary school aged kids and I thought it just couldn’t be,” she said.

“How could someone do that to their own children? It’s sickening to think someone could do that.”

Another neighbour told WA Today she didn’t know the home’s occupants personally, but would often wave and say hello as she walked past.

“It’s taken us by complete shock,” she said. “It’s just horrific on every level.”

POLICE COMMISSIONER SPEAKS

“Sadly at that location police have located the bodies of a number of deceased people including women and children,” WA Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Steel told reporters this afternoon.

“This is a tragic event and it will no doubt have an impact not only the family and friends of the deceased but for the whole of the community, those first responders who are faced with attending a scene with multiple deceased people,” he said.

“It does send a ripple through the community of Western Australia.”

He did not confirm the exact number of dead, nor did he detail what the relationship was between the man in custody and the deceased. He also did not answer a question asking if weapons had been found.

Steel said the investigation was still at a “very early stage”.

“While the scene is yet to be forensically examined it is believed that up to five deceased are located at that scene,” Mr Steel said, adding that there was at least one woman among the dead.

It’s yet to be determined how long the bodies had been there, he said.

“We are three hours into this investigation, I have no further detail in relation to those who are present at the location.

“I can assure people that the Western Australian Police Force are conducting a thorough and proper investigation to determine what events led to this tragic matter. The homicide squad currently have teams of detectives on the ground, accompanied by specialist forensic police who are meticulously working their way through this crime scene.”

Crime multiple family murder scene growing quickly in Bedford Perth WA.

DEADLY TALLY

The incident comes just months after seven people were found dead at Margaret River. A mother, her four children and two grandparents were the victims of a mass shooting on a rural property in Osmington, in the state’s South West.

The deaths of Katrina Miles, her parents Cynda and Peter Miles, who owned the property, and her four children has been described as Australia’s worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre. Two firearms were found at the Osmington address in what has been determined to be a murder-suicide.

In another incident in July, a mother and her two children were killed in Ellenbrook.

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