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Father Tells 911 He Killed Wife and 3 Kids

Comstock/Thinkstock(OAK HARBOR, Ohio) -- An Ohio man called 911 at 12:11am Saturday and told authorities that he shot his wife and three children, and that he intended to shoot himself.

The man identified himself as Alan Atwater and stated, "There has been a terrible accident at my house, my wife and three children are dead." When asked the cause, the caller replied, "Gunshot wound." When the dispatcher asked if the caller killed them, the caller said, "Yes."

A SWAT team arrived at the family's white sided, two story farm house minutes after the call was terminated. Upon arriving, emergency responders attempted to contact the people inside the house using telephones and loudspeakers. After about two hours of failed efforts, police entered the house and discovered five people dead on the upper level.

The dead were Alan Atwater, 31; Dawn Atwater, 30; Ashley Atwater, 4; Isaac Atwater, 2; and Brady Atwater, 1 ½ years old.

All appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.

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