A white man accused of killing the wife, son and mother in law of a Tampa Bay Rays prospect was shown naked on video running from a Virginia sheriff’s deputy and authorities were able to arrest him without using a gun.
The man has been identified as 18-year-old Matthew Bernard by ABC affiliate WSET was ultimately arrested on three counts of first-degree murder.
Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor declined to identify the victims, but ESPN reported they were the family of Blake Bivens, a 24-year-old pitcher for the Montgomery Biscuits, the Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.
In the video, Bernard can be seen running past a media staging area, chasing a Pittsylvania county sheriff’s deputy and grabbing a man who was identified as the groundskeeper for the nearby church by the neck. The officer chased the naked man after masing him and hitting him with the nigh stick didn’t slow him down.
Earlier in the day the police initiated a manhunt for the suspect and adviced the public to “exercise caution” becuase he was “armed and considered very dangerous”
Ultimately, Eight Pittsylvania County schools were put on a Code Orange lockdown during the search, which ultimately ended in Bernard being apprehended with no visible injuries, NBC affiliate 10 News reported.
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