Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Father Kills Two Children, Then Fatally Shoots Self in St. Louis County Standoff with Police

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Father Kills Two Children, Then Fatally Shoots Self in St. Louis County Standoff with Police

Article excerpt

A father who abducted his two sons Saturday evening later shot and killed both of them, and then fatally shot himself after being approached by St. Louis County police, officials said.

Dead were Ethan Cadenbach, 5, and Owen Cadenbach, 4, and their father, Christopher Cadenbach, 43.

St. Louis County Deputy Chief Ken Cox said late Saturday that the father was being sought on a warrant for domestic abuse issued in Franklin County.

Cadenbach had spent Saturday with his children and his mother, Diane Cadenbach, in what Cox described as a "pleasant day at the park." He did not indicate what park.

Later, however, Cadenbach began making statements that alarmed his mother. He said he "wasn't going to be taken alive" and talked of "suicide by cop," Cox said. …

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