3 killed in Alcoa; police suspect double murder-suicide

3 killed in Alcoa; police suspect double murder-suicide

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Three people were found shot to death late Sunday night inside an Alcoa home. Three people were found shot to death late Sunday night inside an Alcoa home.
"All three victims live there from what we can gather at this time," said Capt. Dale Boring with the Alcoa Police Dept. "All three victims live there from what we can gather at this time," said Capt. Dale Boring with the Alcoa Police Dept.
Amos Turbyfill Jr. (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Amos Turbyfill Jr. (Source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) – Three people were found shot to death late Sunday night inside an Alcoa home.

Police say a murder-suicide took place around 8:41 p.m. in the 800 block of Maple Street.

Investigators say Amos Turbyfill Jr., 47, shot and killed his girlfriend, Stacy Wade, 39, and her son, Joshua Demetri, 18.

"All three victims live there from what we can gather at this time," said Capt. Dale Boring with the Alcoa Police Dept.      

Investigators say Turbyfill first shot Demetri who was on the couch and then his mother wade who was in bed. He then turned the gun on himself and was found next to Wade with the gun in between them.

It was Turbyfill's 21-year-old son who first found the bodies.

"He had been out at a Superbowl party and discovered the three victims," said Capt. Boring.

All three victims were shot in the head. It's a scene Alcoa police say they've been lucky to avoid in recent years.

"It's not something, thank God, we have to deal with that often in the city of Alcoa," said Capt. Boring. "This is the first homicide we've had since September 2009."

Investigators still aren't certain what was the motive behind the shootings, although they did say Turbyfill was facing some extreme financial hardships in recent months.

Neighbors told six news off camera they have seen police at the home in the past.

Police say the most recent calls to the home were in January when Turbyfill was involved in an altercation with a man who was trying to repossess his car.

He was also arrested just this past week for a warrant involving an assault case with one of his neighbors.

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