Four Dead After Dordrecht Shooting: Police Officer Shoots Own Family, Himself

The port-city of Dordrecht made international headlines last night as reports of a shooting emerged in the media. Two children and a female were shot in their family home, by a man presumed to be the father. 

The two children, aged 8 and 12, died immediately at the scene. The 27-year-old mother died of her injuries earlier this morning. The shooter was found dead at the Dordrecht home, presumably after turning the weapon on himself, although police are still investigating.

The deceased suspect was revealed to be a Rotterdam police officer. It is unclear whether it was his service weapon that was used to commit the four killings.

The couple were in the midst of a bitter and angry divorce, although still lived together in the house, according to NOS.

What has been said?

Tributes have come out flowing for the victims of the attack. The two children played football at Wieldrecht Football Club. “Our thoughts and compassion are with everyone who is involved in this and who knows the family in any way. This is beyond description,” the club said in a statement.

The school the girl attended, Insula College, are providing the girls classmates with their first hour off. “For all other classes, we just want to try to let the lessons go as far as possible,” the school director told NOS.

Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the tragic events. If you or anyone close to you is struggling, please do not hesitate to reach out for help.  If you’re in the Netherlands, you can call 0900-0113 or visit the official Dutch suicide prevention website. If you’re a victim of domestic violence you can contact the Arosa Foundation on 010 – 820 08 40.

Samantha Dixon 🇦🇺
Samantha Dixon 🇦🇺
Sam has over six years experience writing about life in the Netherlands and leads the content team at DutchReview. She originally came to the Netherlands to study in 2016 and now holds a BA (Hons.) in Arts, a BA (Hons) in Journalism, and (almost) a Masters in Teaching. She loves to write about settling into life in the Netherlands, her city of Utrecht, learning Dutch, and jobs in the Netherlands — and she still can’t jump on the back of a moving bike (she's learning!).


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