Long Branch blaze started by father who killed family then himself: prosecutors

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LONG BRANCH, N.J. — The death of a New Jersey family has been ruled a murder-suicide, allegedly carried out by a father who shot his wife and their two young sons then set their home on fire before taking his own life, investigators said Friday.

The two-alarm fire broke out late Tuesday at a home in the 200 block of Joline Avenue in Long Branch.

When firefighters put out of the blaze, they found four people -- two parents and two boys -- inside a second-floor bedroom, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. They were all taken to a hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Investigators believe Lyndon "Shane" Beharry, 35, shot his sons -- Brandon Beharry, 7, and Brian Beharry, 4 -- and their mother Amanda Morris, 29, then set fire to his home and shot himself.

The deaths of Morris and the two boys have been ruled a homicide, prosecutors said. Lyndon Beharry's sole injury was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, they said.

An investigation into the family's deaths and the blaze is underway. Prosecutors said the official causes of death are pending.