Police investigating apparent murder-suicide of 6-year-old and his father in Salt Lake City

Courtesy of SLCPD Salt Lake City Police are investigating a homicide in the Ballpark neighborhood.

A man and his 6-year-old son were found dead inside a Salt Lake City home Saturday night, and police are investigating it as a murder-suicide.

Salt Lake City Police said they were called to a home near Main Street and Van Buren Avenue (approximately 1600 South) on a report of a “possible death.” Inside, they found a 34-year-old man and a 6-year-old boy dead.

The 34-year-old man was Samuel Owen, according to SLCPD. The boy’s name is not being released, but officials said he was Owen’s son.

Police say they are investigating the incident as a murder-suicide. They believe Owen killed his son, then shot and killed himself.

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For those struggling with thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline can now be reached by simply dialing 988 any time for free support. Resources are also available online at utahsuicideprevention.org.