KEY POINTS

  • Police in South Jordan, Utah, said officers found a mother holding her wounded 8-year-old son and found the bodies of her 10-year-old son and their father, said to be in his 30s
  • The younger son was declared dead shortly after arriving at a local hospital
  • The boys' mother and father were separated and had a history of alleged domestic incidents

Police in the Salt Lake City suburb of South Jordan are investigating Tuesday afternoon's shooting deaths of two boys who are believed to have been killed by their father in a double-murder suicide.

Brian Osborn, 41, was found dead by police in the home of an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

Sandra Ang, the mother of the slain children —  8-year-old Seth Osborn and 10-year-old Ezra Osborn — came home from work at around 4 p.m. to discover them suffering from gunshot wounds. Seth Osbon was found dead on the scene, while Ezra Osborn died in the ambulance ride to a hospital.

“Once we arrived on scene it was pretty chaotic,” Lt. Matt Pennington told reporters. “What we have come to find out we have is what we believe to be a domestic murder-suicide at this point.”

Pennington said there had been a history of alleged domestic incident calls to the house, the last being in October 2019. Brian Osborn and Ang had since separated. He had moved out of the home but continued to visit their children.

Pennington said Brian Osborn was at the house Tuesday to babysit while Ang was out. She reportedly returned home between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Ang is believed to be the person who made the 911 calls.

“It’s a tough call for all of us, this is one of the worst ones you’re going to go on,” Pennington said.

A neighbor told NBC affiliate KSL-TV that the boys were “sweet” and Brian Osborn was “quiet” and “polite.”

Police remained at the home overnight into Wednesday and were still investigating the scene.

Police Scene Representational image of a crime scene. Photo: Suzanne Cordiero/AFP/Getty Images