Police are accusing an Ohio man, from Wife Swap, of fatally shooting his mother and brother and then shooting himself.
The Police’s Claims
The police are accusing Jacob Stockdale, who appeared on Wife Swap, the ABC show, of fatally shooting his mother, Kathryn Stockdale, 54, his younger brother, James Stockdale, 21, and then shooting himself in the head. Jacob is currently in Cleveland hospital in critical condition.
On Thursday, the police responded to a 9-1-1 call at a house near the Stockdale home, when they reportedly heard a gun shot. When the police broke into the house, they found Jacob on the ground, bleeding from the head, but still had a pulse. The police also then found the bodies of his mother and brother.
George Maier, the Sherriff of Stark County, said: “This is a tragedy for the family. It is a tragedy for the community.”
The police haven’t yet released information regarding the possible motive behind the shootings. The Sherriff also said that police do not know whether or not the gun was Jacob’s, or whether the family had other guns. ‘It’s really early in the investigation. There are a lot of unanswered questions for us yet.’ he said.
The father, Timothy Stockdale, was reportedly not home when the murders happened.
The Father On the Incident
Timothy Stockdale issued a statement, saying: “Kathy has been my beloved wife of 32 years and a wonderful mother to our four sons.” Timothy writes in a statement, obtained by PEOPLE. “She loved nothing more than being a mother and grandmother.”
He also says that he and his family “appreciate the prayers and support we are receiving from our friends and the community.”
The Family on the Wife Swap Show
The Stockdale family appeared on Wife Swap, a show where two very different families swap wives for two weeks.
According to the episode, the Stockdales were “devoutly religious” and voluntarily banned themselves from watching television, playing video games or using curse words.