Jun 10, 2012 1:32 AM by Jacqui Heinrich

Ex-Indian Army officer kills family, self in Calif

[SELMA, Calif. (AP) - A former Indian Army officer wanted in a 1996 killing in the disputed Kashmir region has killed his wife and two of their children in their California home before apparently taking his own life.

Authorities say Avtar Singh called Selma police at around 6:15 a.m. and told them that he had just killed four people.

Selma police asked for assistance from the Fresno County Sheriff's Office because Singh was known to have a military background and was wanted by authorities in India for allegedly killing a human rights lawyer.

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. All four appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.

A 17-year-old boy also found in the home was suffering from severe head trauma and was described as "barely alive." The teen was taken to a hospital where he underwent surgery. His condition isn't known.

Singh fled to the United States after he was accused of killing a lawyer in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city, Srinagar.


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