Police: Sand Springs father killed girlfriend and 2 children before killing himself

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — A Sand Springs man killed his girlfriend and two children before killing himself, police said Monday.

Police say 31-year-old Phillip Ross killed his girlfriend Anastacia “Stacey” Smith and their two children, four-year-old River and two-year-old Piper before killing himself.

Stacey leaves behind two other teenage children from a previous relationship who were not at home at the time of the murders Saturday, police say.

Based on witness statements, the murders could have happened late Friday night. Ross’s mother found the bodies around 2:30 Saturday afternoon when she arrived to babysit the girls so Phillip and Stacey could go out to celebrate her birthday.

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Police say Phillip has been accused of domestic assault in past relationships but has never been convicted. They say they have never been called to that family’s home.

Officers call this “a tragedy for the community.”

“This is the worst thing that’s happened in my 28 years of law enforcement,” Sand Springs Chief of Police Mike Carter said at a news conference on Monday.

Stay with FOX23 for the latest updates on the investigation.