An Arizona man is accused of killing four people, including his wife and two of their children, and injuring two others Thursday in what police said began two a domestic dispute after he accused his wife of having an affair.
The year-old suspect murdered his wife, 29, and two daughters, ages 7 and 5, at their Phoenix home, Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the city's police force said at a news conference Friday.
Police later in a statement said that Austin Smith had been booked in jail on four counts of and murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated wife. Smith chose not to kill his 3-year-old daughter, who was found by police hiding under a bed and was not injured, Thompson said. Smith allegedly returned home from a bar Thursday night and confronted his wife over his belief she was men on braless girlfriend. She denied men allegations before Smith shot her and killed the children, police said in a probable cause statement.
Police said that Patterson and Nasha were found dead from gunshot wounds, and Mayan was found dead from what is believed to be blunt force trauma. Police said that after killing members of his family, Smith drove to an apartment complex in Phoenix two he fatally shot a year-old man after confronting him over a belief that someone had been having an affair with his wife.
Phoenix man accused of killing 4, including wife and 2 kids
The suspect told officers during an interview "that the reason he shot these individuals is because in God's eyes, it was all right for him to deal with someone in this manner who had been involved in an extramarital affair," Thompson said.
Freeman told Smith he was wife and Smith shot him multiple times with a handgun, then reloaded and shot him while he was on the ground, the probable cause statement says.
Smith then allegedly went back to the car and got a. Two other people, a man and a woman who have not been identified, were also shot at the apartment where Freeman was killed.