Family tragedy suspected after police officer and family found shot dead with service revolver

A police officer is believed to have fired a total of eight bullets against his wife, his daughter and his mother-in-law with his 9mm service revolver, before turning it onto himself and committing suicide, according to police sources on Monday.

The bodies were discovered by relatives that came to investigate why the policeman’s wife, a rheumatologist, had not appeared at her practice on Monday morning. The man’s mother-in-law was also a doctor.

Detectives from the Attica Security homicide department investigating the case are examining bad blood between the 46-year-old police officer and his mother-in-law as a possible motive for the triple murder and suspected suicide, which also claimed the life of his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

Testimonies given by witnesses claim the suspect wanted his mother-in-law to transfer the deeds to a first floor apartment to his wife.

According to in initial evidence, a fight broke out between the suspect and his 37-year-old wife in their living room on Sunday night, during which he shot her three times. Hearing the commotion, his mother-in-law came up to their apartment to see what had happened and was shot twice.

The little girl was found dead with a bullet in her head on her parents’ bed, while the suspect was found kneeling in front of her with a gunshot wound under his jaw. His service gun was next to him.

The suspect was a member of the Parliament guard and had been detached to the personal guard of former prime minister Costas Simitis in 1996. Police said that he had been with Simitis on Sunday and had given no signs of being preoccupied or in emotional distress. He had also passed a police psychological screening to test his suitability for the force in 2011.