• Family identified in east Tulsa murder suicide

    By: Brittany Jeffers


    TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa police have identified the family involved in a murder suicide in east Tulsa on Wednesday.

    Police said Sudheer Khamitkar shot and killed his wife, Smita Havel Khamitkar and his sons Arnav Khamitkar and Arush Khamitkar. 

    TPD said the family lived in the home for 10 years and they had no previous history of domestic violence or criminal activity. Members of the Tulsa Police Homicide Unit told FOX23 they did not see any signs of forced entry into the home. 

    When they went inside, they found a woman, a man, and two boys under the age of 10 all dead, with a gun nearby. Each victim was found in a different room. Police said no motive has been uncovered for the shootings.
    “An employer of one of the occupants of the house was worried and hadn’t seen her in a couple of days,” said Capt. Matt McCord with Tulsa police.

    American Airlines released this statement about the death: 

    "Smita Khamitkar was a member of the American Airlines team in Tulsa for nearly five years and we’re deeply saddened by the news of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Smita’s family, friends and colleagues during this very difficult time."

    McCord said officers found the front door of the home unlocked when they stopped by for a welfare check. He said there is evidence that several shots were fired in the house. A gun was recovered as well as several shell casings.

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    Officials believe the bodies may have been in the house as long as one to two days.

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