Police and ambulance crews had been at the home of a tragic Solihull couple less than one hour before they were found stabbed to death, the News can reveal.
An investigation has been launched into West Midlands Police force’s handling of the incident.
Pin Chang, 58, and his wife Quoi Chang, 50, died at their family property in Hermitage Road in the early hours of last Monday.
The couple’s 23-year-old son was arrested and remains under police guard in hospital where he was taken with serious injuries.
West Midlands Police previously stated its officers were called to the address ‘just after 5am’, while West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed its attendance at the scene at just after 5.20am.
But the News has discovered an ambulance crew were first called to the property by a resident of the address at 3.39am on the Monday.
The medics alerted West Midlands Police and two of its officers arrived at 3.56am.
The officers left at 4.48am ‘‘after liaison’’ with the ambulance team which then left the property at 5.06am.
It is understood it was decided to refer the son for a mental health assessment, to be carried out at a later date.
But a 999 call was received just 11 minutes later at 5.17am. Ambulance crews arrived back at the property at 5.26am, followed by the same police officers at 5.33am
They found the couple with fatal stab wounds and their son seriously injured. He remains in a critical but stable condition.
The matter has now been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).
West Midlands Police and West Midlands Ambulance last night confirmed the timings of the two visits and said all officers and crew involved remained at work.
Police had previously said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.
A spokesman for the Independent Police Complaints Commission said: “Following a referral from West Midlands Police into prior police contact to the deaths of Mr and Mrs Chang the IPCC has, after careful consideration of the information available at this time, decided that this matter should be subject to a local conduct investigation by the force.
“If further concerns arise during the course of the local investigation that might merit this decision being reconsidered, the matter can, and should, be referred to us again.”