WWJ anchor killed, 4 injured in Chesterfield Township domestic attack


A WWJ-AM anchor was killed and four people injured in a home situation in Chesterfield Township that ended with the attacker attempting suicide, police said.

WWJ-AM reported on its website that Jim Matthews, the night anchor for nearly seven years, was killed in the incident and his girlfriend and two children were hospitalized Friday night.

“He often talked to colleagues about his children and his love for them and their adventures at school,” the radio station said in the report.

“He was a consummate professional and committed to WWJ and the broadcasting industry. He loved to bring the latest news to his listeners,” the radio station said. “Many tears were shed in our newsroom this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim’s family and friends.”

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City police said Friday that a 57-year-old man was killed in the incident at a house in the 33000 block of Bayview. They said four people had been hospitalized: a 54-year-old man; a woman, 35; and two children aged 5 and 10

Police said the 57-year-old is believed to be the father of the children, and WWJ referred to Matthews’ children. The injured 54-year-old is the suspect and was frequently in the home. Authorities are investigating the relationship between all parties, Brian Bassett, Township’s director of public safety, said at a news conference.

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Authorities have not released any names.

10-year-old found tied up and injured in closet

Bassett said authorities received a 911 call at around noon at the home, which is located on Hooker Road between Callens Road and Jefferson Avenue.

He said the woman escaped with her 5-year-old daughter and a motorist stopped and helped her. He said that was the one who called 911 in the first place or allowed the mother to call 911.

Bassett said the mother had stab wounds, and police and firefighters began to help. Bassett said the girl suffered some injuries, but he declined to release further details.

Suspect found injured in basement; overdose suspected

Additional officers entered the house and found the 57-year-old dead. A 10-year-old boy was found in a closet, tied up and suffering from blunt force trauma, Bassett said.

He said the 54-year-old suspect was found in the basement, suffering from self-inflicted wounds and an apparent overdose. Authorities initially determined that he attempted suicide, Bassett said.

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He said the woman was in a critical but stable condition; her daughter was in stable condition; and the boy was in critical condition. The suspect’s condition was stable.

Bassett did not disclose the location or specific type of injuries suffered by the victims or suspect.

“Our investigation has determined that this is an isolated tragedy that poses no threat to our community at this time,” Bassett said during the press conference, which was broadcast on the WYXZ-TV Facebook page.

“The Chesterfield Public Safety Department will not rest until we receive justice for our victims.”

Assistant District Attorney Steve TUSEN said the Macomb County prosecutor’s office will be involved in reviewing any charges, and the office and police will limit what they can say.

“This is clearly a very tragic and difficult situation,” TUSEN said.

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Bassett said the suspect was initially welcomed into the house and “from that point on, it’s too early to really comment on what happened.” He said the suspect came in sometime in the morning and had been sitting there for hours.

When asked if the suspect had been holding the victims at home, Bassett said authorities were working on the exact timeline and could not release that information.

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He said “it’s just too early in the investigation” when asked if the crimes were spontaneous or premeditated or why the boy was tied up.

He has not released any details about how the woman and her daughter escaped. Bassett said authorities would not go into details about the types of weapons involved, but said the suspect did not have a gun on him.

Bassett said authorities could not release any information about whether there was any domestic violence or previous phone calls to the house.

He said authorities were working with the Anchor Bay School District to minimize schoolchildren’s exposure to the incident and there was never a safety concern for anyone else.

Bassett also encouraged: “If you or your loved ones are involved in or are the victims of domestic violence, please get in touch. One victim of domestic violence is too many victims of domestic violence.”

Contact Christina Hall: [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @challreporter.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: WWJ Anchor Killed, 4 Injured in Chesterfield Township Domestic Attack


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