Iowa public safety official found dead with three family members

29 days ago

West Des Moines news, Iowa news.

An Iowa Public Safety Department official was found dead along with three of his family members inside their West Des Moines homes on Saturday.

The victims were identified as 44-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara, 41-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, a 15-year-old boy and a 10-year-old. They were discovered dead of gunshot wounds, according to authorities.

"This tragedy will impact family, friends, co-workers, anyone that knew this family," Sgt. Dan Wade stated. "We are continuing to work through this investigation. We will follow through until we have answered as many questions as the evidence allows."

Police officers have answered the 911 call from one of the survivors who ran outside the home. Autopsy results will determine the cause of death.