A Dutch police officer and two children died and a woman was seriously wounded in a shooting Monday at a home in the city of Dordrecht, authorities said.
According to Police ” In a statement that the 35-year-old officer was suspected of being the shooter”.
It was not immediately clear if he was related to the children, who were aged 8 and 12, or to the 28-year-old injured woman.
police spokesman Wim Hoonhout told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that “it seems like a family incident.”
Police said further investigation was needed to definitively establish the motive.
Photos from the scene showed a large police presence in a residential neighbourhood and at least one ambulance parked in the street as people stood in the street looking on.
The mayor of Dordrecht, Wouter Kolff, tweeted: “Earlier tonight a very serious shooting incident took place in Dordrecht. I am very touched and sympathize tremendously with everyone involved.”