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UPDATE: Three dead in apparent double murder suicide in Russell County - HeraldCourier.com: News

UPDATE: Three dead in apparent double murder suicide in Russell County

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Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 5:30 pm | Updated: 12:31 am, Mon Dec 24, 2012.


A call came into 911 from Shirley Blankenship saying that her son-in-law had a gun and she was afraid that he was shooting at her daughter and granddaughter.

When deputies arrived they found 18-year-old Jodi Sisk on the porch unresponsive. She had been shot multiple times in her upper torso.

Inside they found Anthony Blackburn, 46, and Tina Blackburn, 45, dead on the floor. Both had been shot. Police believe that Anthony shot his wife and step daughter and then turned the gun on himself.

Blankenship said he also shot at her as she was fleeing the house.

No motive known at this time, but Sheriff Steve Dye says they believe a domestic argument escalated in to a shooting. Police had responded to domestic calls at the house before.

House is on Tennessee St. in Honaker, Va.

To hear from a neighbor who witnessed this shooting, watch the attached video.



Investigators in Southwest Virginia may release more information later today about the deaths of three people Sunday night.

Virginia State Police confirmed it happened in the New Garden Estates community of Russell County.

State Police said three people died around 8 p.m.

State Police couldn't confirm how they died, but early police calls indicated it was a shooting.

Detectives with the Russell County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police spent Sunday night collecting evidence.

We're told Russell County Sheriff Steve Dye will release more information later this morning.

Look for updates on 11 Connects and on TriCities.com


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