Death of a policeman and his son, 3, treated as “suspected of murder and suicide” – .

Death of a policeman and his son, 3, treated as “suspected of murder and suicide” – .

The deaths of serving police officer David Louden and his three-year-old son Harrison are being treated as suspected murder and suicide, it has been reported.

The couple were found dead at a Kidderminster property last Friday.

Providing an update on the deaths of David and Harrison Louden, West Mercia Deputy Police Chief Damian Barratt said: “David Louden and his three year old son Harrison were tragically found dead at their home in Kidderminster on Friday August 13, 2021.

“At the time, the deaths were considered unexplained and an investigation was opened into the circumstances.

“We West Mercia Police are now treating Harrison’s death as suspected murder and David’s death as suspected suicide.

On Friday, serving police officer David and his son Harrison were found dead on a property in Kidderminster.


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“Autopsies have now taken place and the investigation team, in collaboration with the coroner, is convinced that no other party was involved.

“However, safeguard reviews are now underway and an investigation will be conducted to provide a formal determination, so we are unable to comment further at this time with respect to the circumstances or the investigation.

“This is a terribly sad case and our hearts go out to the family and friends of David and Harrison. They have asked to be allowed to grieve and will not be providing any further comment to the media at this time. “

The 39-year-old was a policeman on duty



West Mercia police had previously treated the deaths as “unexplained”.

A neighbor said the couple went on vacation with David’s wife and another relative, but the trip was cut short.

It appears that only the father and son made it home before safety concerns were raised and the bodies were found last Friday morning.

Police released a photo of Dave and Harrison on Sunday with a tribute from their wife and mother Ms Louden, who also works for the police as an officer.

Police at the scene in Kidderminster



In the statement, she said: “David was a kind, loving, considerate and extraordinary father, husband, son, brother, uncle, friend and colleague. Harrison was a happy and beloved little boy. They will be both forever missed and loved. “

The West Mercia Police Federation also released a statement following the sad deaths.

Sarah Cooper, Branch President, said, “We are all deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic and heartbreaking news.

“We extend our deepest condolences to all affected by this devastating incident and our hearts go out to family, friends and colleagues.

“The repercussions of this incident will be far-reaching and I know that West Mercia police officers and staff will be greatly affected by this tragedy.

“As a federation, we will be available to support our members in any way we can. “

West Mercia Police and Police Commissioner John Campion also offered his condolences to the family affected by the deaths.

He said: “My thoughts are with the affected family, as well as the police and staff at West Mercia who have to deal with this terrible news. “


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