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Three stabbed to death in Middle Tennessee; neighbor suspected

12:13 PM, Sep 2, 2012   |    comments
A Bellevue man found covered in blood Sunday morning is suspected of murdering his three neighbors and then nearly stabbing himself to death. / Shelley Mays | The Tennessean
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By Brian Haas
Tennessean Staff Writer

A Bellevue man found covered in blood Sunday morning is suspected of murdering his three neighbors and then nearly stabbing himself to death.

The man, whom police have yet to identify, answered the door of his neighbor's home in the 800 block of Beech Bend Drive just before 3 a.m., where police found the bodies of a 14-year-old boy, the boy's mother and grandmother inside the home, said Don Aaron, spokesman for Metro Police. Aaron said the boy's 9-year-old sister witnessed the attack and fled to a neighbor's home to call 911.

The man accused in the stabbing lives a few doors down from the family and is known to have "emotional issues", Aaron said. He was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition with life-threatening, self-inflicted stab wounds. Police have not yet released the identity of the suspected killer nor the three found dead in the home.

Aaron said police received the call of the stabbing around 2:37 a.m. When an officer arrived, the man answered the door covered in blood.

"Just kill me," the man told the officer, Aaron said.

The officer was able to handcuff the man and search the home. He found one person dead in the family's finished basement, the other two dead upstairs.

Police are now trying to obtain warrants to search the homes of both the victims and the suspected killer, Aaron said. Police are also trying to determine the exact nature of the relationship, if any, the man has with his neighbors and what the motive could be.

"This occurred in an otherwise very quiet Bellevue neighborhood," Aaron said. "Something of this nature is very rare for Nashville. There is no danger to this neighborhood, we firmly believe the man responsible for this is known, is in custody and is in Vanderbilt.

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