Father and two grown-up sons are found dead on Irish farm ‘in murder-suicide following dispute over inheritance’
A father and his two grown-up sons have been founded 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, at around 6.30am on Monday.
Neighbours called the police 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.
‘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.
The police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
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 room, 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 set up 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 licensed at the house – two rifles and a double-barrelled shotgun – so they held off outside.