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U.K. Police Find Man Suspected of Killing 3 Women With Crossbow

The authorities in England located a man on Wednesday who was suspected of killing three women the previous night with a crossbow and possibly other weapons in a small, leafy town north of London, according to Hertfordshire Police.

The man, who was identified as Kyle Clifford, 26, was found in the Enfield area of north London following a manhunt, and he is receiving medical treatment for injuries, the police said in a statement, adding that “no shots were fired by the police.”

The police said they arrived at the scene just before 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday and found three women with serious injuries. The victims, aged 25, 28 and 61, died shortly afterward at the scene.

The BBC reported that the victims were the wife and two daughters of one of its horse-racing commentators. “As we’ve just reported, the three women killed in a crossbow attack in Bushey, near Watford, are Carol Hunt, the wife of the BBC commentator John Hunt, and two of their daughters,” the broadcaster wrote.

The police had warned earlier that Mr. Clifford “may be in possession of a crossbow, do not approach.” It was not immediately clear on Wednesday what the relation was between Mr. Clifford and the three women, but police said they “believe the suspect was known to the victims.”

The police had deployed armed officers and specialized search teams across Bushey, the town where the crime happened, and in nearby North London.

Chief Superintendent Jon Simpson of the Hertfordshire Police said during a news conference that the police believed the murders were a “targeted incident.”

Mr. Simpson said that the man had probably used a crossbow in the killings, but that other weapons might also have been used.

For the residents of the quiet corner of England, the killings came as a big shock. A local councilman, Laurence Brass, told the BBC that it was a traumatizing event. “The most dramatic thing that has ever happened here is a bit of illegal fly-tipping,” he said. “And suddenly we are told there are three murders.”

Aimee Ortiz contributed reporting.

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Last modified: 11 July 2024
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