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"This has been a tragic day today. It is another reminder that police work is inherently dangerous."
A specific motive has not been determined in the shooting of the family.
The boyfriend allegedly locked them in the bedroom and fled, officials said, but firefighters were able to rescue them.
One of the victims told police a woman entered the home Friday night, doused him with an unknown liquid, and set him on fire.
A man, believed to be about 35 years old, killed two people then opened fire from the motel balcony on officers who were responding.
When the man came to he reportedly became agitated and threatened the firefighters with a rifle.