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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
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
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