Police investigating double murder, suicide
Updated: Thursday, April 11 2013, 05:57 PM EDT
NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Police are still trying to figure out what led to a double murder-suicide in Newaygo County.
Newschannel 3 was on the scene as it was happening Wednesday night.
At first police believed the shooter may be on the run after killing two of his family members.
Later they found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Police tell us Charles Hoover killed his wife and son yesterday, which launched a massive manhunt for hours.
He was found dead around 9:30 Wednesday night. The undersheriff says he shot himself.
The undersheriff also confirms that the victims are 62-year-old Marcia Faye Hoover and 37-year-old Isaac Hoover.
Neighbors tell us they heard gun shots and saw Hoover's wife running towards the house. Police arrived a short time later and spent nine hours searching for him.
They considered Hoover armed and dangerous and used a robot to search the house for him while officers searched the neighborhood.
We spoke with the undersheriff live during our 11 o'clock news Wednesday night.
"We had the Michigan State Police robot trying to navigate its way into the residence to locate the suspect. The robot was able to move over to the stairway and the suspect was located at the too of the stairway with an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound," said Undersheriff Brian Boyd.
A neighbor we spoke with was shocked by the turn of events, saying this was the last person he expected to do something like this.
"I can't believe he'd even do something like that because he built that other house beside his to help people rehabilitate from drug habits. The man would give you the shirt off his back, he was that nice," said the neighbor.
Police tell us they expected to be on scene through the morning Thursday, trying to piece together exactly what happened.
We will stay on top of this story and keep you updated.