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ASHLAND, Wis. -- A 14-year-old boy turned on the couple who were raising him, fatally shooting and stabbing a male relative and also attacking a female relative, who was able to escape and call police for help, officials said Friday.

The teen later traded gunshots with police and shot himself. Ashland police are recommending that the youth be charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the slaying of William J. Saari, 52, who was found dead near his Ashland home the night of Dec. 16, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide of Saari’s wife, Carolyn Saari.

Ashland Police Chief Greg BeBeau said Saari was apparently killed from a combination of several gunshot and stab wounds.

Police also said there was a brief exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the first officer on scene. The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard such cases.

The boy, who had an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, was taken to a Duluth hospital, where he was treated and released. He was being held in a juvenile detention facility on $250,000 bond.

Police said the boy was a relative the Saaris had been raising but have declined to release his name or exact relationship.

Ashland County District Attorney Kelly McKnight will decide on charges.

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