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Georgia Murder-Suicide: Man Kills Wife, 3 Others Before Shooting Self

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Matthew Fields' 2003 mug shot.(Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office)

By    |   Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 02:29 PM

A Georgia murder case ended in suicide on Wednesday morning when a man shot four people in his suburban Atlanta home before turning the gun on himself just one day after sheriff’s deputies had responded to a domestic violence call at the residence.

Matthew Fields, 32, shot and killed his wife, 37-year-old Rebecca Manning, and her two sons, 8-year-old Jared Smith and 9-year-old Jacob Smith, as well as critically wounding Rebecca’s father, 75-year-old Jerry Manning, before committing suicide, The Associated Press reported. All of the victims live in the same house with Fields and, according to authorities, Fields and Rebecca were in the midst of relationship troubles before he ended them all with a gun.

According to Sheriff Duane Piper, authorities still have no clue exactly what instigated the incident, although they responded to a domestic violence call at the house the night before the fatal shootings. When the deputies arrived at the house on Tuesday evening, Fields was not at home, and those who were at home were uncooperative, according to the AP.

Frank Rotondo, the executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, told the AP that if there are no external signs of violence in the home and “everyone there says nothing is going on, you just can't pick somebody and say, ‘You look like the instigator,’ and arrest the person.”

The children slain in the shooting attended Johns Creek Elementary School, and several of their classmates who rode the bus with the two boys brought teddy bears and flowers to the home in order to pay their respects, according to My Fox Houston.

“Jacob, he was one of my brother’s friends and it is really sad that they are gone now,” said Paige Howell, 14, according to the local station.

Before Fields committed suicide, he reportedly called his mother and told her that he had shot the four victims and planned to take his own life, according to the AP.

“This is a tragic incident and your thoughts and prayers for the family are appreciated,” said the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office in a statement, according to the New York Daily News.

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A Georgia murder case ended in suicide on Wednesday morning when a man shot four people in his suburban Atlanta home before turning the gun on himself just one day after sheriff’s deputies had responded to a domestic violence call at the residence.
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