Man kills mother, 11-year-old sister and stepbrother then claims self protection

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A Tennessee man accused of murdering his mom, 11-year-old sister, and stepbrother referred to as his taking pictures rampage “self-defense” when requested for remark by a TV reporter.

Nathanial Pipkin, 22, killed three members of his household and despatched a fourth particular person fleeing from their Columbia house in terror when he opened hearth Friday earlier than 6 a.m., authorities mentioned.

He appeared prepared for extra carnage when cops nabbed him in a site visitors cease three hours later and greater than 100 miles away.

“Multiple firearms were in plain view, such as long guns,” Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland mentioned throughout a information convention. “The suspect was actively wearing ballistic body armor.”

Yet as soon as arrested, he gave a stunning reply when a reporter for WKRN-TV asked him if he had a remark.

“Self-defense,” Pipkin is heard telling reporter Stephanie Langston in a video that exhibits him escorted to the county jail. Several individuals are heard on the video asking follow-up questions – however he says nothing extra.

Pipkin had earlier run-ins with the regulation and he was arrested in March on an illegal weapons possession cost, the sheriff mentioned. It isn’t clear what led as much as his rampage final week.

The victims had been recognized within the arrest warrant as 11-year-old Kailee Grace Warren, 44-year-old mother Traci Louise McNeely and 20-year-old stepbrother Carson Glenn Pipkin, The (Columbia) Daily Herald reported.

He additionally meant to hurt his mom’s husband, who was within the house on the time of the taking pictures, the Herald acknowledged.

During the information convention, the sheriff mentioned a male relative was the one different particular person within the house on the time of the killings and escaped – however he didn’t affirm that it was McNeely’s husband.

“One escaped through a window and fled to a nearby home and placed the 911 call,” Rowland mentioned.

A multi-jurisdictional manhunt was set off for Pipkin, who made off in his silver Mustang, police mentioned.

Pipkin, who surrendered to cops with out incident, faces homicide and tried homicide expenses, the Herald said.