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Murder – Suicide in Gravette

(GRAVETTE)  Four people were found dead in a home Friday in an apparent murder-suicide, and now police are still searching for an apparent motive for the incident.

Police received a call about 3:30 p.m. Friday reporting a man barricaded in a home, but when officers arrived, the realized it was much more serious and called for help.

Officers from both the Benton County sheriff’s office and the Arkansas State Police were at the home this afternoon. Police believe that the call reporting the shooting was made by one of the people found in the home.

Police identified the victims as Justin, Inga, Levi and Casey Barnes, all found dead at a rural Gravette home at 15071 Crossover Road in Northwest Arkansas’ Benton County.

Justin Barnes likely was the killer, Capt. Chris Kelley of the Gravette Police Department said at a news conference Saturday. Inga was his wife, and Levi and Casey were his adult children. Levi and Casey Barnes did not live at the residence, but an 18-year-old sibling who was not home at the time of the shooting does.

Gravette police went to the residence after Justin Barnes called authorities about 2:39 p.m. Friday.

He said police believe Justin Barnes killed himself when the Benton County sheriff’s office’s SWAT team and police from Decatur and Sulphur Springs arrived about 3:30 p.m.

Two bodies were outside and two were inside the home, Benton County Coroner Daniel Oxford said Friday.

The bodies were sent to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for further analysis and to help determine times of death, Kelley said.

The weapon used was a .22-caliber handgun and it’s unclear who owned the weapon, although authorities have determined that the gun wasn’t stolen.

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