NEWS Fam­ily tragedy ex­posed

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

BE­FORE Fri­day morn­ing, Peter Miles was known to all as a hard­work­ing farmer, knock­about bloke and dot­ing grand­fa­ther.

To­day he is sus­pected of shoot­ing dead three gen­er­a­tions of his own fam­ily be­fore turn­ing the gun on him­self.

Po­lice yes­ter­day would not con­firm the iden­tity of the shooter, but left lit­tle doubt that any­one else was a sus­pect.

“We are treat­ing this as a mat­ter in which six per­sons are sub­ject of a homi­cide crime scene and there is a sev­enth per­son de­ceased,” WA Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Chris Daw­son said, who added that Mr Miles owned three licensed long-arm guns.

Griev­ing rel­a­tives of the Miles fam­ily last night spoke of their be­wil­der­ment at the sus­pected mur­der-sui­cide.

“We are dev­as­tated by this shock­ing event,” the state­ment said. “We are stunned and still try­ing to un­der­stand how this could hap­pen.

“We re­spect­fully ask that the com­mu­nity re­frain from spec­u­lat­ing on the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing this tragic in­ci­dent. We thank the com­mu­nity for their sup­port and ask that our pri­vacy is re­spected as we grieve.”

WA Premier Mark McGowan con­ceded the tragedy would spark fresh de­bate about firearm con­trol, but said there were “no warn­ing signs”.

Po­lice con­firmed the names and ages of the dead as Peter John Miles, 61, his wife Cynda, 58, their daugh­ter, Ka­t­rina, 35, and four grand­chil­dren Taye, 13, Ry­lan, 12, Arye, 10, and Ka­dyn Cock­man, 8.

It’s un­der­stood Cynda’s body was found in­side the fam­ily home on a ru­ral hobby farm in Os­ming­ton in the early hours of Fri­day morn­ing.

Ka­t­rina and the chil­dren were dis­cov­ered in a sec­ond dwelling on the farm. Mr Miles was found slumped in a chair on the ve­randa with a firearm.

Po­lice at the crime scene

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