Three children and a mother found dead in a fire were shot

MADISON, IN – A tragic incident unfolded in rural southeastern Indiana on Tuesday when a mother and her three children were found dead in their burning home, all with gunshot wounds, according to local authorities.

The victims were identified as 35-year-old Naomi Briner and her children, Adelia, 12, Leland, 8, and Iyla, 6. The Indiana State Police, represented by Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, confirmed that the family was discovered by firefighters responding to the blaze around 4 p.m. The residence, located on the 1600 block of East Telegraph Hill Road just outside Madison, was already engulfed in flames upon their arrival.

Fire crews made the grim discovery upon entering the home. Despite attempts at life-saving measures, all four family members were pronounced dead at the scene. Once the fire was extinguished, investigators were summoned to the site, Wheeles announced via social media.

Images from the scene depicted a charred home and a burnt vehicle parked in the driveway. In a poignant reminder of happier times, Christmas lights were still visible, strung across the yard.

Late Tuesday, Wheeles confirmed the family’s identity and the shocking revelation that each had suffered gunshot wounds. However, he did not provide further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting or potential suspects.

Wheeles emphasized that the investigation is ongoing, but reassured the public that there was no perceived threat. He added that Indiana State Police are working closely with the Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office, Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office, Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office to thoroughly investigate the incident.