Posted: Jun 9, 2012 8:49 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: Jun 10, 2012 1:27 AM
Authorities say a former Indian Army officer wanted in a 1996 killing in his native country killed his wife and two of their children in their California home Saturday before apparently taking his own life.
Fresno County Sheriff's Deputy Chris Curtice says Avtar Singh called Selma police at around 6:15 a.m. and told them that he had just killed four people.
Curice says Selma police asked for assistance from the Fresno County Sheriff's Office because Singh was known to have a military background and was wanted for allegedly killing a human rights lawyer in 1996 in the disputed Kashmir region.
He says when a sheriff's SWAT team entered the home they found the bodies of Singh, a woman believed to be his wife and two children, ages 3 and 15. A 17-year-old boy found severely injured has been hospitalized.
It's unclear why Singh remained free after India requested that he be extradited.
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