12:35 P.M. UPDATE: Police apprehended Matthew Bernard, 19, who was unarmed and completely unclothed, around 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

He ran through the neighborhood, unarmed and unclothed, into the parking lot of Keeling Baptist Church. A state trooper sprayed him with mace, but that didn’t seem to faze him.

He continued jogging past and put his hands on a man standing outside the church, covering him with the mace spray. The officer managed to direct him toward the rest of the blockade, where K-9 units and tactical teams apprehended him.

Screams periodically pierced the air even after authorities had apprehended him.

12:25 P.M. UPDATE: Authorities confirm the suspect in Tuesday's morning's triple homicide — Matthew Bernard, 19 — is in custody.

UPDATE: Authorities are investigating a Tuesday morning triple homicide in Keeling, according to Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor.

Taylor said someone visited a neighbor Tuesday morning only to find a body in the driveway. An additional sweep of the house found two more bodies inside the house.

There were two females and a young child, but police could not identify them.

Authorities asked residents to be on the lookout for Matthew Bernard, 19, who was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

While Taylor said that the suspect is armed and dangerous, he could not say what type of firearm he had.

It also appears that suspect was related to the victims and lived at the same address.

“We don’t know what happened to set off this chain of events,” Taylor said.

All cars at the residence were accounted for, so police believe that he fled the scene on foot.

At this time the police have a command post set up, K-9 units in pursuit, and officers patrolling the area. Taylor said that they will bring in aerial support if the cloud cover decreases.

Police deployed reverse 911 calls to alert the neighborhood about the situation.

Police report that Career Tech, Kentuck Elementary, Dan River Middle, Dan River High, Chatham Middle, Chatham High, and Southside Elementary Schools have been put on lockdown.


Pittsylvania County authorities are searching for a 19-year-old suspect in the Keeling area armed with rifle and considered dangerous, according to the Pittsylvania County Public Safety's Twitter account.

The tweet warned residents to be on the lookout for Matthew Bernard, who was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

They said the suspect is armed with a rifle and considered "very dangerous."

If anyone sees Bernard, they should call 911 immediately.

Numerous police vehicles were seen in the Keeling community on Tuesday morning.

This story will be updated.

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