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Jim Matthews, a Detroit radio news anchor, died Friday in a domestic dispute that left four other people hospitalized, the man’s radio station and authorities said. The station reported that Jim Matthews, the overnight news anchor at WWJ-AM for about seven years, died in the attack.
Jim Matthews was 57 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
Multiple outlets confirmed that a radio news anchor in Detroit, Michigan, was found dead on Friday morning following an attempted murder-suicide that left three of his family members injured and hospitalized. The suspect was also located in the basement of the home by police.
Jim Matthews, employed as an evening anchor at a local radio station WWJ-AM (950), was killed during an attack in his residence in Chesterfield Township, according to the Associated Press, NBC News, and The Detroit News.
Authorities said that a 35-year-old woman — who was stabbed multiple times during the dispute — escaped the residence with her injured 5-year-old daughter before signalling a driver to call 911.
When police responded to the scene, they discovered a 54-year-old male suspect in the basement who had attempted to commit suicide and a 10-year-old boy tied up in a closet suffering from blunt force trauma, per NBC News. The outlet also reported that authorities said the suspect knew the victims and was a frequent visitor.
WWJ-AM station identified the woman as Matthews’ girlfriend and the minors as his children.
Chesterfield Township Public Safety Director Brian Basset shared that the woman and her daughter were stable. However, the boy was in critical addition, the AP reported. The outlet added that she was seen running out of the house while “covered in blood,” following the attack. It is still unclear how Matthews died.
Chesterfield Township Police Department did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
While delivering the news, his co-workers described him as “a consummate professional,” sharing, “There have been many tears shed in our newsroom this afternoon.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim’s family and friends,” they added. The case remains under investigation.