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Man wanted in triple homicide in custody after naked foot chase

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Virginia (WRIC/WFXR) — A 19-year-old wanted in connection with a triple homicide that occurred Tuesday morning in Pittsylvania County is in custody after an odd sequence of events.

WSET reported that officers responded to a home on Keeling Drive at around 8 a.m. ET and found three people — two females and a child — dead inside. The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office named 19-year-old Matthew Bernard as a suspect.

WSET reported around 12:20 p.m. ET that Bernard ran past reporters near a media staging area and attacked a church groundskeeper before authorities used mace and a stun gun to detain him.

Bernard was reportedly naked at the time.

A motive is not yet known for the killings, and Taylor would not release names of the victims.

WSLS reported that the three killed were Bernard’s mother, sister, and his sister’s child. They also reported a dog was killed.

Mathew Bernard

“We won’t go into the whys because we don’t know yet,” Taylor told reporters. “We are trying to figure that out ourselves.”

He said officers were on the scene about 10 to 12 minutes after the first call to 911. The first officer on the scene located the victims upon arrival and then called for backup. In total, 100 officers responded from numerous agencies.

Taylor said three schools were placed on lockdown: Dan River Elementary School, Dan River Middle School, and Dan River High School.

Danville Community College was also placed on lockdown because Bernard is a student there. According to Danville Police, there was no threat related to this incident or to any location the suspects has ties to in Danville.

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