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Police Say Man Killed Relatives With Ax

September 7, 2006

THORNTON, Calif. (AP) _ A man fatally hacked his mother and 2-year-old nephew with an ax before apparently committing suicide by stepping into highway traffic, sheriff’s officials said.

Michael Allen Carriker, 37, was killed Monday on Interstate 5, said San Joaquin County sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia.

When officials went to Carriker’s home to notify family members, they found an ax next to the bodies of Janet Jensen, 55, and nephew Keoni Willis.

Carriker, who suffered from bipolar disorder, was distraught over the death of his father, who was fatally stabbed in May, said his grandmother, Pat Carriker.

Bruce Carriker, 57, was killed in an apartment in Oceanside along with a man and woman, but authorities have never given a motive for the attacks.

The younger Carriker worked at Dewitt Nelson Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton from 1996 to 2003 as a part-time officer, then as a full-time youth counselor before resigning for unknown reasons, said George Kostyrko of the state Department of Corrections.

He had previous run-ins with law enforcement and a history of drug and alcohol problems, sheriff’s officials said.

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