Grandfather suspect for mass murder-suicide

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Mr Dawson said this incident was one of the worst the police force would ever have to see. 

A grandfather is suspected of gunning down six members of his family.

The Australian reported that the police are focusing their investigations towards farm maintenance worker Peter Miles, the husband of Cynda Miles, father of Katrina Miles and grandfather of her four autistic children aged between eight and 13.

The family was found dead on the 30-acre farm which the owners named Forever Dreaming.

It has been reported that after he killed the family he then turned the gun on himself.

It is Australia’s worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the person who made the phone call was a man.

Investigators are working on whether Peter killed three generations of his family before calling 000 at 5.15am and then taking his own life. 


Within hours after attending the scene, the police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the shootings.

Mr Dawson said this incident was one of the worst the police force would ever have to see. 

“The loss of any life is tragic, but four children and three adults, this is a significant tragedy. 

“This devastating incident will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community, and in particular the communities in the southwest. These tragedies take their toll on everybody.”

WA Premier Mark McGowan ­described the multiple homicide as ­“appalling, awful and terrible”.

“This is a very distressing day for Western Australia.

"My thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims, and also with the first responders and investigators as they piece together this tragic set of circumstances."

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