A Montana man shot and killed his wife and three children, set the family's cabin on fire and then killed himself.

Anaconda-Deer Lodge Police Chief Tim Barkell tells The Montana Standard (http://bit.ly/1dXDWll) the shootings happened Sunday morning at a cabin about 15 miles southeast of Deer Lodge.

Barkell withheld the names of the victims and the shooter until other relatives could be notified.

Barkell says the shooter called a friend around 10 a.m. Sunday to say he was going to kill his family and himself. The friend called 911.

Officers arriving at the cabin had to wait for firefighters because of the smoke and heat inside.

Coroner Jerry Thomas says he transported the bodies to the state crime lab in Missoula on Sunday afternoon.

The town of Deer Lodge north of Butte on Interstate 90.


Information from: The Montana Standard, http://www.mtstandard.com