HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton Police continue to investigate a house fire and officer-involved shooting that left four dead, including a small child, early Wednesday morning.
Police have identified the victims as Travis Williams; his wife, Carla Williams; their daughter, Tori Williams and Carla's grandmother, Katie Frye.
The victims were found in and outside a home on Ravenscroft Lane, according to Hampton Police spokesman Cpl. Jason Price.
Neighbor Shelton Snow said at 3:05 a.m. his daughter ran into his bedroom.
"(She) said, 'I heard a loud scream.' I said, 'Well baby, it's probably nothing, but if you want, just lay down right here, and it'll be OK."
Snow had no idea things next door were far from OK.
"10 minutes later, she said, 'Did you hear that?' I heard a loud scream and a big bang."
Not long after, officers responded to a call for a domestic violence situation just before 4 a.m. When they arrived at the home, they found Carla suffering from at least one gunshot wound, multiple stab wounds and burns. She was in the driveway. Her house was on fire.
According to Cpl. Price, Carla told officers her daughter and grandmother were still inside the burning home. Snow then got a knock on his door.
"I said, 'Who is it?' He said, 'It's the police. You need to evacuate your home immediately. There is a man next door. He shot up everyone in his family, and the house has caught on fire," Snow recalled.
As officers moved toward the home, they encountered a man on the roof, armed with a gun. That man was identified by police as Travis Williams.
"When the man was on the roof, he had a handgun in his hand, and there was about maybe six or seven police officers with shields in the yard with guns pointed at him. They was asking him to put down the weapon and to jump down off the roof," Snow added.
However, that didn't happen.
"I turned my head, there was a loud pop and then I heard multiple gun fire. When I turned back around, the police were still shooting at him. The man lie dead on the roof," said Snow.
"I heard about five or six shots. I went back out, and I could see them pulling him off the ledge. At that point, he was pretty much lifeless, and that's when the firemen started to get into the house to try and put out the fire," said neighbor Calvin Silver.
Cpl. Price told WAVY.com gunfire was exchanged between the man and police officers. Travis was transported to Riverside Hospital, where he later died.
Inside the burning home, Frye, 76, and Tori, 1, were found deceased.
"It hits me real hard. The one thing in particular is the baby girl. She's only 1-years-old and she's gone for something senseless," said Silver.
Just before 6 a.m., Hampton Police told WAVY.com Carla died from her injuries.
No officers were hurt in the incident, according to Cpl. Price.
Close family friend Shaye Southall recalls how he heard the news, "One of her friends called our house this morning and said, 'Did you hear what happened?' and I said, 'No, that's not true.' I said, 'That story is like, far fetched."
So, Southall rushed to the scene.
"I was like are you sure, are you sure that's them? They were like yeah, and then I just broke down. I couldn't contain myself. I mean look at that. That's just, in a million years, I never would have thought nothing like that would have happened to this family," said Southall.
Carla worked for Newport News Public School. The school system released this statement on her death:
" The Newport News Public School family is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of Carla Williams, her daughter and her grandmother. Ms. Williams was a dedicated educator who served the students and staff of the school district since 1997.
Since 2007, Ms. Williams has served as the instructional supervisor for the English as a Second Language (ESL) program, which serves students whose native language is not English. The objective of the program is to provide students with the English and academic skills they need to be successful, active participants in the local community.
Previously she served as a teacher and assistant principal for Newport News Public Schools."
On air at 6 p.m. Wednesday, WAVY TV 10 correctly reported that a man named Travis Williams stood on a roof and exchanged gunfire with police before he died. But, unfortunately, the photograph displayed on air was NOT the Travis Williams accused of this violence. We regret any issues this caused. We have spent the day trying to get a picture of the correct Travis Williams, and when we do, we'll show it to you.
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