Man killed wife, son with crossbow, Florida deputies say

Published On: Dec 04 2013 12:46:35 PM EST
WESTON, Fla. -

A Florida man killed his wife and son with a crossbow and was later found dead in a hotel room hundreds of miles away, according to deputies.

The Broward Sheriff's Office says that 53-year-old Pedro Jose Maldonado Sr. called a friend to say he had killed his wife and teenage son inside their Weston townhouse on Monday.

Investigators say Maldonado then drove to Tallahassee and attempted to use the crossbow to kill another son who attends Florida State University, but that son escaped.

After authorities found the bodies of the wife and son, they learned that Maldonado was at a motel near Lake City. There they found him in a bathroom, dead from apparently slitting his own throat.

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