A man shot and killed his wife in addition to one of the four children in front of their house in Alabama on fire and killing himself on Saturday, the officials said.
A man shot and killed his wife and one of his four children in front of their house in Alabama on the fire and then killing himself on Saturday, the officials said.
Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin told WSFA that Bob Orsi shot and killed his wife Charlene Ann Orsi, for the recordings of his three other children and set the family house on fire in Wetumpka, located about 20 miles north of Montgomery.
Franklin said AL.com Orsi’s wife, had come to the home to pick up the children, a 13-year-old and 12-year-old triplets, all girls. When she was stopped at the door of her husband, she was fatally shot in the head.
Charlene Ann Orsi was shot dead on Saturday.
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“The triplets were shot close by the father several times if he is also pouring a flammable liquid, which we believe to be gasoline, and all through the house,” said Franklin AL.com.
The pair of 13-year-old daughter was able to escape to a neighbor’s house, and two of the injured girls were also able to walk away from the house, before the fire went through. Bob Orsi was a retired military veteran, and his wife was a teacher in the area, according to the sheriff.
HAPPENING NOW: Two dead after house fire in Wetumpka. There is a large presence of the police on the scene. pic.twitter.com/B6mPrkUCVe
— Samantha Day (@SamanthaDayWSFA) 8 July 2018
“I can’t imagine what’s going through a man’s spirit to the line-up of three children and shoot them,” said Franklin Al.com. “I just hope that kids can get after this trauma. You don’t hear about these situations every day.”
According to the court documents obtained by WSFA, Bob and Charlene Ann Orsi were married in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1994, and Charlene Ann Orsi divorce nine days ago, citing irreconcilable differences and requested full custody of the children. Bob Orsi denied these claims in an opposite motion on July 2, according to the data obtained by WSFA.
UPDATE: court documents indicate the woman involved in tonight’s murder-suicide in Wetumpka divorce 9 days ago. Charlene and Robert (Charley and Bob) was married for 23 years, according to the documents. Charlene requested custody of their 4 children @wsfa12news
— Jenn Horton (@JennWSFA) 8 July 2018
Further details about the deadly incident were not immediately released, and police said that it is still in research.
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