KEELING, Va. — Police in Virginia apprehended a naked 18-year-old after an intense manhunt in the slayings of two women and a child.
Authorities said Matthew Thomas Bernard is charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor indicated he's related to the victims.
Police warned of a dangerous gunman on the loose after finding the bodies at a home in Keeling Tuesday. Schools were locked down and a tank and armored vehicle were brought in. Up to 100 officers joined the search. Bernard emerged naked from the woods hours later, running past cameras to a church where he was recorded trying to choke a caretaker.
An officer sprayed mace and smacked Bernard with a baton before he was captured at a barricade with the help of a police dog.
Suspect in Pittsylvania Co. triple homicide is in custody
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: The suspect in a triple homicide in Pittsylvania County, 19-year-old Matthew Bernard, ran toward Kyle Wilcox WSET & Brion D. Humphrey while they were at a staging area — he also choked the church's caretaker. Bernard was taken into custody shortly after. https://bit.ly/2KWQFYy
Posted by ABC 13 – WSET on Tuesday, August 27, 2019