A man drove up to a police station in a small town in Northern California on Monday and told officers that he had killed four of his relatives — including one person whose body was in the car just outside, the authorities said.
The man, whose name has not been released, had driven to the Mount Shasta Police Department from his apartment in Roseville, Calif., more than 200 miles away, the authorities said. The three other bodies were found at the apartment, they said.
The man was being held Monday night at the police station in Mount Shasta, a town of more than 3,200 about 220 miles north of Sacramento, said Sgt. Robert Gibson of the Police Department. He said the man had not been formally charged yet.
Sergeant Gibson, who was in the station when the man turned himself in, said the man was very calm and “matter of fact.”
“He just came in and told our dispatcher that I want to confess to a murder, and then just gave it up,” Sergeant Gibson said. “I have never had someone come in with a body and turn themselves in here. This was unusual for us.”
He said that the man “said nothing as to why or what brought this on.”
Sergeant Gibson said the police did not initially believe the man when he said he had killed his family. Then the man handed officers the keys to the red Mazda sedan that he said he had driven to the station with the body, Sergeant Gibson said.
The killings are being investigated by the Roseville Police Department.
The authorities did not release further information about the victims on Monday, other than to say that the man described them as his family. The victim the man brought to the Mount Shasta Police Department was a man, Sergeant Gibson said.
It was not clear where that victim had been killed.
Sergeant Gibson declined to comment on the causes of death. He did say that the authorities did not believe there were any other suspects in the killings.