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The chief of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon to share some information gleaned from the investigation into Monday's family tragedy.
The 44-year-old man from Sault-Sainte-Marie who killed an adult and three children, in addition to injuring another person, before taking his own life on the night of Monday to Tuesday had already been investigated for intimate partner violence, according to the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service.
Police also confirmed Wednesday that they found a long gun and a handgun in the residence on Second Line Street East, where the bodies of the three children, ages 6, 7 and 12, respectively, were found.< /p>
The victims' family was met by police and the investigation continues.
The identities of the killer and victims are not being released as this is a case of intimate partner violence (IPV).
The chief of the Sault-Sainte-Marie Police Service, Hugh Stevenson, indicated at a press briefing Wednesday that he would welcome a coroner's inquest or a commission of inquiry into the issue intimate partner violence.
I think all governments need to look at this situation, and in light of what happened here, they should take this a little more seriously.
A quote from Hugh Stevenson, Chief of the Sault Police Service Sainte-Marie
A sentiment shared by Norma Elliott, director of community relations and finance for Women in Crisis. Algoma.
She emphasizes that the family tragedy that occurred on the night of Monday to Tuesday is unfortunately not the first of its kind in Sault-Sainte-Marie.
< p class="Text-sc-2357a233-1 imohSo">I would hope that at this point, our government, particularly our provincial government, realizes that IPV is an epidemic.
A quote from Norma Elliott, director of community relations and finance at Women in Crisis
They will really have to show their support for the agencies working hard to end to violence against women and children, she adds.
The number of calls to the crisis hotline he Women in Crisis Algoma organization has grown during the pandemic, says Elliot.
With information from CBC's Bridget Yard