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  WWJ-AM radio anchor killed in home invasion; at least 3 others injured

By Wendell Bryant
tellusdetroit.com

CHESTERFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI - A Detroit radio news anchor died Friday in a domestic dispute that left four other people hospitalized, the manís radio station and authorities said.

Jim Matthews, the night shift news anchor at WWJ-AM for about seven years, died in the attack, the station reported.

Chesterfield Township Public Safety investigators said a 35-year-old woman, a 10-year-old boy was found tied up in a closet with trauma to his head, and a 5-year-old girl also was injured.

Investigators say the woman had been stabbed multiple times. The little girl was also hurt, and their 10-year-old boy was found tied up in a closet with head trauma. The woman and boy are in critical condition, and the girl was hospitalized in stable condition as of Saturday evening.

"Just the children, my god, the children, scarred for life," said Joseph.

Authorities say they found the 54-year-old male suspect in the basement, overdosing on heroin and suffering from self-inflicted wounds. He was brought back with Narcan and is hospitalized in stable condition.

"I have no idea why he was there or what he was doing there or what business he had there," Joseph said.

Police say the suspect was frequently at the home and was known to the family.

The news hitting close to home for WWJ NewsRadio 950 anchor Jackie Paige and her colleagues while live on airÖ

"We are updating our top story this afternoon. Itís very difficult to report. Our overnight news anchor Jim Matthews was killed this afternoon in Chesterfield Township."

 

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