FIVE people have been found dead at a home in Perth's northern suburbs.
Late on Sunday morning (local time), a man in his twenties arrived at a regional WA police station and provided information that saw police attend the home on Coode Street, Bedford.
He said forensic teams were on the scene and investigators were trying to piece together a timeline of events.
A man, said to be in his 20s, is in custody and being questioned after presenting himself to police.
Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel of the Metropolitan Region said it was a heartbreaking tragedy.
Investigators are now searching the home for evidence, and police could not provide any further details on the victims.
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"Just a normal family, you would never imagine anything like that happening", he said.
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"It's taken us by complete shock", she said.
Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel provides media with the tragic news.
"It's just so sad, they've got primary school aged kids and I thought it just couldn't be", she said.
There, officers found the bodies of several people, including children.
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Steel said the investigation was still at a "very early stage".
"This is a tragic event that will have no doubt have an impact, not only on the family and friends of the deceased, but for the whole of the community, those first responders who were faced with attending a scene with multiple deceased people".
"It does send a ripple through the community of Western Australia".
Maria Manfredini, a long-term resident in the area, described the incident as "tragic on every level".
The ages and gender of those found were also not revealed.
They said a couple and their three children, a three-year-old girl and 18-month-old twin girls, lived at the home but that they had not seen them in recent days.
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It also follows the deaths of seven people, also in Western Australia, when a grandfather shot dead his wife, daughter and her four children in a mass murder-suicide in May.