A 25-year-old air force soldier on active duty is suspected of killing his two young sons and jumping from the top of a building in Taichuan.
The professional soldier, identified only by his surname Hsiao (蕭), was found lying unconscious on the ground in Tai trung’s Tanzi district when paramedics arrived after receiving a call from a man who fell from a tall building early in the morning, the city’s Fire Department told Taiwan New.
Doctors are still trying to resuscitate the man as of the time of the press reports.
While taking the injured man to a nearby hospital, local police arrived at the soldier’s wife’s residence, located on the third floor of the building, where they found the man’s two sons, aged 3 and 2, showing no signs of life.
According to police, their initial investigation suggested the soldier may have been in trouble because of his relationship with his wife.
Police said they were still investigating whether the children were killed by Hsiao before he fell from the building because there were no witnesses at the scene.
It is unclear whether he and his wife have separated and whether he is living in the apartment.
Air Defense Forces Command issued a statement later said it was heartbroken by the incident. They said they were assisting the family in dealing with the aftermath and were assisting police and prosecutors in their investigation.
The Air Force added that it is also increasing education for soldiers who value life, to prevent such incidents from happening again.
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