Four dead in apparent murder-suicide in Goodlettsville

Goodlettsville murder suicide scene
Posted at 8:14 AM, Jan 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-28 19:44:53-05

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Four people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a home in Goodlettsville on Friday morning.

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, a 32-year-old man identified as James Pitts called 911 from a home in the 2800 block of Greer Road at 6:24 a.m. and reported he shot and killed his wife and two young daughters.

Watch below: Metro police give an update on a shooting on Greer Road in Goodlettsville.

Metro police provide update on Goodlettsville murder-suicide

An off-duty East Precinct sergeant was on his way home and was close to the area, so he was sent to the scene. Police said he attempted to talk with the man over the PA system in his patrol car, asking the man to surrender himself and his weapon.

The officer heard a single gunshot at 6:38 a.m. coming from inside the home. The sergeant went into the home and found the man, in the living room with a gunshot wound. The sergeant then found a 6-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl in separate bedrooms, both had been shot. The man’s 32-year-old wife was found shot in the master bedroom.

Police said when found, the 6-year-old girl, identified as Riley Pitts was dead and the mother, Barbara Pitts, and teenage daughter, MaKayla Kleinert, both had signs of life, so they were taken to a nearby hospital. MaKayla was pronounced dead when she arrived at the hospital and Barbara died while in surgery.

Police said a suicide note and pistol were found inside the home.