Southeast Texas : Alleged Family Murder-Suicide, Deputy Injured

A Texas deputy is shot while investigating the deaths of a family in their home. The shooting happened early this morning in the southeast Texas city of China. That's just outside the Beaumont area.

The Jefferson county sheriff's department says a deputy went into the home and was shot in his left side. Other deputies later found a man and woman, their 10- year- old son, and 7- year- old daughter dead.

Authorities believe the father shot the members of his family, shot the deputy... Then turned the gun on himself. A 14 year old son managed to escape, along with a 7 year old, who was spending the night there.

"He ran out of the house,"Sheriff Mitch Woods, Jefferson County said. "We do know that. He is with investigators now being interviewed and gathering that information. We're in the process right now of processing all the evidence inside the house and also interviewing witnesses."

The deputy, Ed Martin"was airlifted to a Beaumont hospital for surgery. His condition has been stabilized.

Kathy Vitale, 5pm Producer