A man was arrested after three children were found dead inside an apartment in West Sacramento Wednesday night, according to police.
Officers responded to the Timber Apartments off Jefferson Boulevard shortly before 9:30 p.m. following a domestic violence call, West Sacramento Police Department Sgt. Roger Kinney told KTLA sister station KTXL.
The call also indicated the possibility of deceased children in the residence, according to the Los Angeles Times.
When first responders arrived, they found the three children and immediately began to attempt life-saving measures on them, the Sacramento television station reported.
Those efforts were unsuccessful, and all three children were pronounced dead a short time later, according to police.
“Something like this is very disturbing,” Kinney told reporters, according to Sacramento television station KCRA. “The officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbors — this call is going to have quite a bit of emotion. It’s horrific, and it’s very difficult to deal with.”
The victims ages and genders have not been released, nor have investigators said how the children died.
Police identified 33-year-old Robert Hodges as a suspect; he had already fled the scene by the time authorities arrived on scene, KTXL reported.
A few hours later, the suspect’s vehicle was spotted heading westbound on the 80 Freeway near El Camino by the California Highway Patrol. Hodges was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.
Hodges was identified by authorities as the father of the children; his wife was also at the residence when the triple homicide occurred, according to KTXL.
The woman had been a victim of domestic violence, but police would not elaborate on the extent of her injuries or provide additional details.
“This woman is absolutely traumatized, losing three children. I couldn’t even imagine,” Kinney said. “It’s very upsetting.”