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US airman shoots his family and then commits suicide before calling 911

A US Air Force man shot and killed his wife and two children, later called 911 to report their deaths. He thanked the operators and then directed the gun towards himself. 

When the police arrived at his house in Spanaway, Washington, they discovered the bodies of Clinton Field, 29, his wife Samantha Field, 33, two toddlers Ava Field, 4, and Ashen Field, 2.

Spokesman Ed Troyer told at a press conference that when Clinton called the police, he confessed all he did and thanked everyone for their time. He added that by the time the authorities reach their house, he would not be alive as well. When SWAT team negotiators reached his house and tried to talk to him from outside of the house, they did not receive any response. Police entered the house and found the woman and two children in their beds with gunshot wounds. Clinton was found in another room, also dead from a gunshot wound.

Police are assuming that the couple was having a relationship issue and they were considering a divorce. When Clinton called the police initially, he told them that it was not the first time that he was thinking about a suicide. According to the police records, there were no previous 911 calls from this family and Troyer did not give more details about the medical treatment that Clinton had allegedly received.

Clinton served in the Air Force. The family previously lived in New Hampshire but they moved to Washington state and bought a new house there when he got stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord last year.