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State Police: Saco Family Deaths Quadruple-Murder Suicide


State Police say the deaths of a Saco family late Saturday night were a quadruple-murder suicide.

They’re calling it one of the worst cases of domestic violence in state history.

Detectives say Joel Smith, 33, shot his wife Heather Smith, 35, and the couple’s three children Saturday night then killed himself.

The kids were 12, 7 and 4.

Officials say Joel Smith’s body was found with the gun by his side.

There was no suicide note.

Police say they have found no protection from abuse orders or court paperwork on the couple since they moved to Maine from Arizona.

They do say Heather Smith told a family friend the night of the shooting that her husband had threatened suicide earlier in the week by pointing a gun at his head.

Officials say there is no indication any assistance was sought after that incident.

Police say several neighbors told them they heard loud noises late Saturday night, but no one called police.

This is the sixth time since 1941 that four people have been killed in a multiple homicide in Maine.