Sweet Home family found dead in fire was murder-suicide, police say

The father is believed to have killed his family before shooting himself.

Posted: Jun 23, 2020 10:49 AM
Updated: Jun 23, 2020 4:54 PM

SWEET HOME, Ore. – More information has come to light after a family was found dead in a fire in Sweet Home in April.

Investigators said father John Shobert, 63, is believed to have killed his family – Charlotte Shobert, 2, Johnathon Shobert, 15, and Tiffany Shobert, 41. Evidence showed they were victims of homicide.

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John Shobert died from a gunshot wound. It has been determined to have been a suicide. A small-caliber handgun and torch lighter were found near him. Fire investigators confirmed that gasoline was used to start the fire.

Sweet Home fire and police responded to 1530 Tamarack Street Space #29 just before 7 a.m. on April 28. Crews found the residence was engulfed in flames.

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Investigators said there was trauma to the bodies of the four people found dead inside. It was not consistent with a fire. There was evidence of gunshot wounds and sharp, blunt force trauma.

Multiple agencies assisted with the investigation, including Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office, Oregon State Police Arson Investigation Unit, Linn County Deputy Medical Examiner Office, Linn County District Attorney’s Office and Linn County Major Crimes Team.

At this time, authorities said they know what happened but it is not yet clear why. Investigators may never have that answer, they said.

Police said their thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ family and friends.

Anyone with information should call Detective Keenan Martin with the Sweet Home Police Department at 541-367-5181.

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