PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ/WWBT/AP) - The suspect in Tuesday’s Pittsylvania County triple murder has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
State police said Matthew Bernard, 18, was found and apprehended less than a half-mile away from the home after trying to escape, but was surrounded by officers.
Law enforcement officials say the man ran through a neighborhood naked and unarmed and into a church parking lot. A state trooper sprayed the man with pepper spray, but it didn’t stop him. He continued running until he was apprehended at a blockade.
One victim was found in the driveway of a Keeling Drive home, with the other two being found in the house. Two women and a child have been listed as the murder victims.
According to ESPN, the victims were the wife, child and mother-in-law of Blake Bivens, a double-A pitcher with the Tampa Bay Rays organization.
The area is still an active crime scene, and will remain so until further notice.
Several schools were placed on lockdown while police searched for Bernard.
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