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Police earlier seized guns for man suspected in 4 killings

Posted at 11:33 AM, Apr 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-16 14:33:20-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Police say they seized but eventually returned three guns in November to a man arrested last week on suspicion of killing his wife, two of their young daughters and another man.

Police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Tuesday that officers initially responded to 30-year-old Austin Smith's Phoenix home on Nov. 21 after a report he had a gun and was yelling that people were trying to kill him.

Arriving officers at the time referred him to an urgent psychiatric center and took three guns from the home.

But Thompson said the law required the police department to return the guns about a week later when he asked for them back and no outstanding warrants were found.

Smith apparently thought his wife was having an affair before the Thursday night killings.