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Man kills 5 in Ariz., then self: Police

Police say a gunman entered a western Arizona home and fatally shot five people -- including the mother of his two children and her boyfriend -- before fleeing with the kids to Southern California where he killed himself.

The shootings in Lake Havasu City late Saturday occurred as 23-year-old Deborah Langstaff and friends were celebrating her boyfriend's birthday.

Police said Sunday that the alleged gunman, 26-year-old Brian Diez, had fathered a 4-year-old and a 13-month-old with Langstaff.

Lake Havasu City police Sgt. Joe Harrold says Diez was arrested Aug. 13 for violating a protection order Langstaff had against him.

Authorities say Diez fatally shot himself early Sunday at a residence in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The children were unharmed.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 30, 2010; 7:41 AM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation , Homicide  
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