Three dead in “horrific crime scene”

A 19-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested over the murder of three people following the discovery of a “complex and horrific crime scene” at a house in Perth’s east.

Police say two people – a male and a female – were found dead inside a house at Ellenbook shortly after 1.30am on Sunday.

A second female was found critically injured in the backyard and died en route to hospital, police said. The victims’ ages have not yet been released.


Police said officers made the horrific discovery after a man called them from a nearby 7-Eleven convenience store and directed them to the gruesome scene.

They have confirmed a 19-year-old man who lived at the house with the victims was arrested at the store and is assisting police with their investigation.

Breaking the shocking news to reporters at a press conference in Perth on Sunday afternoon, Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel said police were still trying to contact next of kin.

“This is a terrible tragedy for the family involved and for the first responders who attended the horrific crime scene,” Assistant Commissioner Steel said.

“It’s a crime that I know will send shock waves throughout the community of Western Australia.”

Mr Steel told reporters a senior homicide detective who attended the Ellenbrook home told him that it was “potentially the most horrific crime scene” he had ever attended.

“There is a very complex and I would say horrific, crime scene in place and it will take us some time to process that crime scene and that could be days,” he said.

“I can assure the community that WA Police are applying all resources that we can to get to the bottom of what’s happened.”

A man who lives near the scene told The West Australian he was woken by “real loud screaming and yelling” about 1am.

The suspected mass killing comes just two months after Peter Miles, 61, shot dead his wife, daughter, and four grandchildren before turning the gun on himself at the family farm near Margaret River.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

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