NEWS Family tragedy exposed
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