Father and 19-year-old son killed in devastating murder-suicide

PHOENIX, AZ – A tragic incident unfolded in a quiet Phoenix neighborhood on Sunday morning, resulting in the death of two men. The police were alerted to a shooting at a residence near 40th Street and Sweetwater Avenue, just north of Cactus Road, shortly before 6 a.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered a deceased male in a vehicle parked in the driveway, who had apparently suffered gunshot wounds.

The woman who had alerted the authorities emerged from the house, informing the officers that her husband, 54-year-old Preston Windus, was also dead inside the home. She identified their 19-year-old son, Daniel Windus, as the shooter. According to investigators, Daniel shot his father before turning the gun on himself in the vehicle outside.

Sgt. Phil Krynsky of the Phoenix Police Department expressed hope for answers and closure for the grieving family. The scene remained active for several hours as police noted potential hazards within the residence. Residents were advised to steer clear of the area, and neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution.

The bomb squad was also called to respond to the scene. However, they found no explosive devices on site. Sgt. Krynsky confirmed that concerns about potentially hazardous materials inside the house prompted a response from the Tactical Support Bureau, which later cleared the home.

Homicide detectives spent over 12 hours at the scene, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and seeking any available security footage. The investigation is still taking place as detectives continue to analyze evidence and await results from the Office of the Medical Examiner.