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Three people dead after shots heard in Bristol Tennessee residence
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Three people dead after shots heard in Bristol Tennessee residence

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Three people were found dead inside a Bristol Tennessee residence Saturday morning after reports of shots being fired there, according to the Bristol Tennessee Police Department.

"On October 17, 2020, at approximately 6:45 a.m., officers from the Bristol Tennessee Police Department responded to the Trammell Road to a report of shots fired at a residence," a statement from the department said.

Upon entering the house, officers found two deceased women and a deceased man, the statement said. The report stated that the latter is "believed to be the suspect."

The statement said that an investigation is still under way and the police department will share more information when it is available. 

"The Bristol Tennessee Police Department does not believe there is any additional danger to the public at this time," the statement concluded.

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UPDATE: A man suspected of killing his estranged wife, his daughter and himself in Bristol Tennessee on Saturday morning was being investigated for allegations of child abuse, according to the Bristol Tennessee Police Department.

Michael Robinson, a 47-year-old resident of Russell County, Virginia, was found dead inside a house in the 800 block of Trammell Road that morning, along with the bodies of 36-year-old Kristina Robinson and her 17-year-old daughter, the police department said in a Saturday afternoon statement. 

Officers came to the Trammel Road residence at around 6:45 a.m. Saturday in response to reports of gunfire there. 

“There were obvious signs of multiple shots having been fired in the entryway of the residence,” the statement said. 

Inside, the police found the bodies of Kristina Robinson and her daughter, along with the body of Michael Robinson, her estranged husband, the statement said. The department said that Michael appeared to have shot Kristina and her daughter with a rifle before turning it on himself.

“Michael Robinson was the subject of a joint BTPD/Department of Children’s Services investigation into allegations of child abuse,” the statement continued. “Detectives had recently secured a Grand Jury Capias charging him with several counts in relation to that investigation.”

The capias had been sent to Russell County, Virginia, where the suspect lived at the time, to be served last Thursday, the statement said.

The police department said that it is continuing to investigate the deaths. The ETSU William L. Jenkins Forensic Center will perform autopsies of all three bodies.

“The BTPD extends our deepest sympathies to the victims, as well as to their families, and all others directly affected by this senseless tragedy,” the statement said.

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