updated 11/11/2008 6:49:04 PM ET 2008-11-11T23:49:04

An elderly grandmother woke up in her Dallas home Tuesday to find her daughter and granddaughter shot to death, along with the granddaughter's estranged husband, police said.

Police say the man killed the two women and committed suicide. The 28-year-old man was found dead in the home with a rifle by his body. There was no sign of forced entry.

The estranged husband of Janice Hill, 24, is the suspect in the killings, police spokesman Sgt. Gil Cerda said. His name was being withheld until police notified his family.

Hill and her 52-year-old mother were dead when Hill's elderly grandmother woke up around 1 p.m. Tuesday. She is in her 80s, hard of hearing and never heard the rifle shots, Cerda said.

The mother's name was not immediately available.

The ranch-style East Dallas home is near Eastfield College, a community college. About 100 yards south of the home, the suspect's vehicle was being towed away.

Police believe the man parked there, walked up the residential street with his rifle and was let into the home early Tuesday.

Hill was assaulted by her husband Oct. 9, Cerda said. The husband was arrested on Oct. 23 and Hill sought a restraining order five days later.

On Sunday, Hill told police she has been receiving harassing phone calls from someone who didn't speak but she believed the caller was her husband, Cerda said.

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