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Three dead, including 11-year-old girl, in Maury County shooting; suspect in custody

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Posted at 12:31 PM, Oct 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-01 19:30:39-04

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Three people, including an 11-year-old girl, were killed in a domestic-related shooting in Maury County. The suspect was captured more than 100 miles away in another county following a three-hour manhunt.

Maury County Sheriff Bucky Rowland said deputies got the call shortly before 6 a.m. Friday. The suspect -- identified as Nathanial Pipkin -- is accused of shooting a man, woman and a child inside a home off of Double Branch Road.

He’s been charged with three counts of homicide.

Investigators said one family member was able to escape through a window and run to a nearby home to call 911, saying a “family member started shooting at people in the home.”

Authorities said Pipkin left the scene in a silver Ford Mustang and was later spotted by Monteagle police around 9 a.m. They identified the car by its license plate. Police, along with Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers, pulled Pipkin over 107 miles east of Maury County and arrested him.

Rowland said Pipkin was wearing ballistic body armor and had multiple weapons in the car.

Rowland did not identify the three victims. He said Pipkin was arrested back in March for unlawful possession of a weapon.

The crime scene remains active. Double Branch Road is blocked off only between Sam Johnson Road and Highway 31.

Watch the full update from the Maury County Sheriff's Office:

Three dead, including 11-year-old, in Maury County shooting