HORRIFYING details have emerged after a news anchor was killed in what police have called an attempted murder-suicide.
Jim Matthews, 57, was allegedly murdered by a family friend in a brutal attack in his Michigan home, which also left his son and girlfriend critically injured.
On Friday, the WWJ 950 overnight anchor’s girlfriend Nichole Guertin, 35, was found bound duct-taped and bleeding severely in a parking lot near the Chesterfield Township home she shared with Matthews.
Matthews’ 10-year-old son Hunter was found inside a closet in the home. He had reportedly tried to wrestle the attacker before he was hit with a hammer, bound with duct tape, and thrown in the closet.
The boy is in critical condition after undergoing brain and ear surgery, as reported by WXYZ.
Matthews’ brother Joe Nicolai told the local news outlet: “I believe that Hunter was trying to fight off this man that was attacking and trying to kill his father, and that’s how Hunter ended up injured and tied and put into a closet.”
The five-year-old girl was also injured but is in stable condition.
Police said the 54-year-old male suspect was found in the home’s basement suffering from self-inflicted wounds and an overdose.
According to police, he knew the victims and was a frequent guest at the home.
The suspect was resuscitated with Narcan and hospitalized in stable condition. His identity has not been revealed by authorities.
Devastated colleagues paid tribute to Matthews who was described as “one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.”
“There have been many tears shed in our newsroom today and Jim will be greatly missed,” a statement from WWJ Newsradio 950 read.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Authorities are still unclear on the motive of the attack and no criminal charges have currently been issued.