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Around 9:00 a.m. Hopkinsville Police received a call that three people had been shot at a home on the 300 block of Hillaire Drive.
John Kelly lives next door. His quiet Saturday morning was jolted by the swarm of officers that arrived within minutes.
"[They] come flying up out of nowhere pulled rifles and whatnot out of their trunks and entered the house," Kelly said.
Soon after, all three residents were pronounced dead.
The man who found them was a relative of all three and identified them as his father Tommie Summers, his mother Linda Summers, both in their late 60s and his brother Brian Summers who police said was in his late 30s or early 40s.
Investigators said they didn't think anyone else was involved.
"We're treating it as a murder, murder suicide," said Sgt. Kyle Spurlin, of the Hopkinsville police department. "Meaning that someone shot two people then in turn killed themselves.
Saturday afternoon, investigators said they were still not sure who pulled the trigger or why but neighbors said they never had any problems with the family and they never expected anything like this.
"I never thought I'd see that," Kelly said. "Not in his neighborhood."
Kelly said Tommie Summers took care of his wife who was seriously ill, and that he always had a friendly smile and was eager to lend a helping hand.
"Very nice old man," Kelly said. "Very kind, friendly."
Spurlin said this was the first case of its kind with three deaths in Hopkinsville in five years. He did not remember any complaints or disturbance calls to this home, but said cases like these never get any easier.
"We always have a tendency to see the worst of the worst as police officers," Spurlin said. "But something of this magnitude is not something that we run into every day so it's very hard on everybody to see the things that we do see."
Police said a family pet was also shot. Neighbors said the family had two Jack Russel terriers and were told both survived and were taken to animal control. The cause of the shooting is still under investigation.
Saturday, January 5 2013, 09:46 PM CST
Courthouse in line for repairs, updates
May 25, 2013 15:50 GMT
MANCHESTER, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials in Coffee County are looking to update their historic courthouse instead of replacing the 141-year-old structure.
After all, they said the building is in pretty good shape. As far as repairs, it just needs some new paint and molding, as well as work to repair some water damage. But county maintenance director Robert Gilliam says the entire structure needs updating in order to make it last until the next century.
Gilliam and County Mayor David Pennington told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/19ivpQ6 ) that officials have taken care to maintain the building and it hasn't had any major renovations in decades.
Historical society spokeswoman Joanna Lewis said the group is trying to come up with fundraising ideas for the project.
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com
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