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Elderly man 'killed his wheelchair-bound son, 46, and then himself' in tragic murder-suicide, police say

AN ELDERLY dad is believed to have killed his severely disabled son before taking his own life in a shocking murder-suicide, say cops.

South Australia Police said CPR was attempted to save the men, aged 72 and 46, but "both were pronounced dead" at their Adelaide home.

No one else is being sought in connection with their deaths.

Weapons were reportedly found at the scene.

Police and paramedics were called to the West Lakes home at 1.30pm on Saturday August 28.

They found two men "unresponsive", but resuscitation attempts failed to save them.

ABC News reported that the older man's wife, who is the younger man's mum, tragically arrived home to discover their bodies in the garage.

The son is believed to be in a wheelchair, and severely disabled, the broadcaster added.

“The investigation is in its early stages but it is believed the elderly man killed his son before taking his own life,” SA Police said in a statement.

DI Mark Atkinson added: "This is a lovely family, well respected by their neighbours.

"They lived here a long time, it's a shock to them.

"Clearly, there is a lot of sadness in this street today, it came unexpectedly.

"There was certainly no red flags here; this was certainly one of those tragic situations, which was unavoidable, which makes it even more upsetting for the neighbours and the family."

Major crime detectives along with forensic crime scene investigators have been examining the property.

SA Police also said today: "This is a highly distressing incident and the family has advised police that they do not wish to speak to the media at this time."

Investigators are preparing a report for the State Coroner.

You’re not alone

Every 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM,, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together,
  • Mind,, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus,, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans,, 116 123
  • Movember,
  • Anxiety UK, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm

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