Fairfield County murder-suicide leaves four dead 'after dad shot wife and his two kids' days before Christmas

A MAN reportedly shot dead a woman and two young kids before shooting himself in an apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday morning.

Medics were called to the home on Westview Terrace in Lithopolis, Ohio, at 9.54am, police say.

Deputies were immediately called to the scene, where they were found two children, a woman, and a man dead inside the house with gunshot wounds.

The sheriff's office said they believe the man shot dead the three victims.

He then died by a self-inflicted gunshot wound, cops added.

Police have yet to release the names or ages of the victims involved.

Fairfield County Sheriff Alex Lape told 10TV that the children were approximately between two and four years old.

He could not confirm the relationship between the victims.

The time of death is also not clear.

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Police have not said who called them to the home but that the caller said they had received the information second-hand.

The call was made about a possible shooting at the residence.

Footage from the scene shows the home on the small estate cordoned off as police continue the investigation.

Sherriff Lape said the scene is still being processed.

He added that there is no reason to suspect the deaths are anything other than a murder-suicide.

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