Indian-American wanted for 1996 murder kills family, self

June 10th, 2012 - 7:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, June 10 (IANS) A 47-year-old former Indian Army officer wanted for murder in India killed his wife and two of his children before turning the gun on himself in his Selma, California, home.

Police got a 911 call at 6 o’clock Saturday morning from a man who said he’d killed four people and was about to commit suicide, ABC news reported citing the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers arrived at the home of Avtar Singh, but there was no answer at the door, according to a statement from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. The SWAT team evacuated nearby houses and used a robot to determine there were five victims in the house.

A man police believe to be Singh, a former Indian Army captain, was found dead in the living room, the statement said. Law enforcement found Singh’s wife and 3-year-old son in bed in the master bedroom, and his 15-year-old son in a rear bedroom. They all had gunshot wounds to the head and had died.

The SWAT team heard sounds coming from another bedroom and found Singh’s eldest son “barely alive” and suffering from “severe head trauma,” according to the release.

When Selma Police responded to a domestic violence call last year, they learned Singh was wanted on an Interpol hold for the murder of human rights activist Jalil Andrabi, according ABC affiliate KFSN in Fresno. The State Department told police it wasn’t necessary to hold him, and he bailed out.

He told KFSN that he had thrown a toy at his wife, and the domestic violence issue was dropped. Singh, also said he was a scapegoat in the murder, and feared his blown cover would mean danger from Al Qaeda.

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