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5 dead in apparent murder-suicide in Ohio

Last Updated 1:07 p.m. ET

OAK HARBOR, Ohio - An Ohio man called 911 to announce a "terrible accident" in his home involving gunfire, and his intention to kill himself. When police arrived five people were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

Ottawa County Sheriff Bob Bratton confirms the bodies of two adults and three children were found in the home located in Oak Harbor.

On Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 12:11 a.m., the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office received a 911 call from a person identifying himself as Alan Atwater, who stated, "There has been a terrible accident at my house, my wife and three children are dead." When asked what happened, the caller replied, "Gunshot wound."

He then added, "I'm getting ready to kill myself right now."

When the dispatcher asked, "Did you kill them?" Atwater responded, "Yes."

The dispatcher then asked what went on, at which point the call was terminated.

A SWAT team was sent to the scene - a two-story farmhouse with outbuildings in the rear - and made repeated attempts to contact the inhabitants by phone and loudspeaker. Upon entering the residence five people were found dead upstairs. All appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.

In addition to Alan Atwater, age 31, the dead were Dawn Atwater, 30; Ashley Atwater, 4; Isaac Atwater, 2; and Brady Atwater, 1 ½ years old.

Atwater was employed in the maintenance department at the Davis Besse Nuclear Power Station. The Sheriffs Department said he had no criminal record other than traffic violations, none of which were drug- or alcohol-related.

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