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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 11:43 am | Updated: 8:41 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A man accused of fatally shooting his parents and brother is in custody after turning himself in to authorities.

Virgil Togstad III, 26, told a 911 dispatcher that he committed the killings because they were "not his family" and later told authorities that he wished he had an AK-47 rifle, according to a court document released Tuesday.

Maricopa County sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene, a home in Wittman about 40 miles northwest of Phoenix, and found three dead bodies inside the house Monday night.

At least three people, including the pregnant girlfriend of the dead brother, escaped the home unharmed.

Togstad was booked into a county jail on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder.

The girlfriend of Togstad's brother told authorities that before the deaths took place, the family had been shooting a BB gun at a target.

Togstad's father asked if he wanted to shoot the BB gun also and Togstad told the father "no," pulling out a handgun and firing one round at the target.

The father scolded Togstad and he was shot approximately five times with the handgun, the document states.

The girlfriend also told authorities that she ran from the location and heard Togstad's mother's screams and more gunshots.

The woman said that after she escaped, she saw Togstad standing over her boyfriend, Togstad's brother, holding napkins in his hand.

Togstad later told police that he had not consumed alcohol or drugs within about 72 hours of committing the crime, but detectives smelled a moderate amount of alcohol on his breath.

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