Father and two grown-up sons are found dead on Irish farm ‘in murder-suicide following dispute over inheritance’
- Father, in his late 50s, and his two sons, in their 20s, found dead in County Cork
- Locals called police at 6.30am after woman said shots were fired in her home
- But police did not gain access to the property until after noon due to firearm risk
- Inside one of the sons was found dead but the other two weren’t in the house
- Around an hour later, helicopter spotted the other two lying dead in a field
A father and his two grown-up sons have been found dead on an Irish farm in an alleged murder-suicide over the inheritance.
The father, in his late 50s, and his two sons, in their 20s, were found dead at Assolas near Kanturk, County Cork, on Monday.
Neighbours called the police at around 6.30am to report that a woman was saying that gunshots have gone off in her home.
The shootings were related to simmering tensions over a will and the inheritance of the 150-acre farm, the Irish Times reported.
The shootings were related to simmering tensions over a will and the inheritance of the 150-acre farm in the remote neighbourhood of Assolas in County Cork
‘Gardaí were informed that three males were present in the house, and that one male may have suffered from gunshot wounds,’ a Garda spokesman said.
Detectives say that one of the sons and his mother had returned to the family home on Sunday night after spending time away.
That son was shot dead in his bedroom, according to The Times. The mother managed to flee the home and raise the alarm.
While the police were on their way to the farm, they were informed that further gunfire had been heard.
They requested back-up and established a wide cordon around the property.
An Armed Emergency Response Unit from Cork was dispatched along with ambulances, and a police negotiator put on stand-by.
Police were aware of three firearms on the property – two rifles and a double-barrelled shotgun – so they held off outside.
The negotiator tried to make contact with anyone who might be inside but there was no answer.
Just after 12.30pm, an armed unit who had been summoned from Dublin breached the doors.
One of the sons was found dead, he had sustained a gunshot wound and was alone inside the home, in his bedroom.
The Garda gained access to the property shortly after noon, where they found one of the sons dead. The other two men were later found in a field nearby (stock image)
The outhouses and barns were searched and the Garda Air Support Unit was called in, as well as the North Cork Divisional Search Team to scour the fields.
At around 1.45pm, the Air Support Unit said it had spotted two bodies in a field close to the property.
The father and son had suffered gunshot wounds and there were two firearms next to them.
A Garda source told the Times it was ‘a terrible tragedy.’ The police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
Forensic investigations are ongoing, as well as analysis by ballistics experts.
A family liaison officer is looking after the woman who fled the property.
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