4 dead after standoff in Hocking County, Ohio

January 10, 2012 - 2:10 AM

LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — The Hocking County Sheriff's Office says a man shot and killed his wife's two sisters and his son before turning the gun on himself.

Deputies were called to a house about 5 miles north of Logan at about 5:30 p.m. Monday for a possible hostage situation. They stormed the house at about 9 p.m.

According to The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/x3USV6) a Kentucky man confirms his 63-year-old brother was the shooter. The man says his brother was stressed over caring for his terminally ill wife. He says his brother killed his two sisters-in-law and his son and then killed himself.

Authorities wouldn't confirm the names of those dead.

The newspaper says the wife's son from another marriage escaped. The wife, who has cancer, remained in the home and wasn't shot.

Logan is about 50 miles southeast of Columbus.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com