Police: Kent, CT Murder Suspect Shot and Killed By Law Enforcement
A Connecticut man who was suspected of Murder in Nashville has been reportedly killed following an altercation with law enforcement in Texas.
According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, 34-year-old Peter Alexander Bohning of Kent has died at a Texas hospital after being shot by a deputy in Gaines County, TX.
Police say the altercation began when the deputy responded to the report of a suspicious vehicle call. The vehicle in question was reportedly the gray Toyota Camry that Bohning allegedly took from the home of stabbing victims Donald and Leigh Ann Zirkle.
It's been reported that during the encounter with Bohning, a Gaines County Deputy was stabbed and was taken to an El Paso, TX hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
For the past few days, Peter Alexander Bohning has been the subject of a multi-state search in connection with a stabbing attack in Nashville, TN that left one man dead and a woman critically injured.
As previously reported, Members of the Metro Nashville PD responded to the Cherokee Rd. residence of Donald and Leigh Ann Zirkle around 3:30 PM on Friday (June 21) after reports that 58-year-old Leigh Ann Zirkle had collapsed in the street right outside of the home. She had reportedly suffered a number of severe wounds, including one to her neck and neighbors were doing what they could to help.
When officers arrived, they say that in the process of clearing the home, Leigh Ann's husband, 59-year-old Donald Zirkle, was found to have also suffered critical injuries. At that point, he was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he unfortunately died.
Despite her serious injuries, Leigh Ann Zirkle was reportedly able to speak with detectives at the hospital where she described the events of the tragic afternoon. She told the investigators that she and her husband were sitting on the back porch when a white man somewhere in the age range of 20 to 30 years old, whom they were unfamiliar with, approached them. He then reportedly asked for directions and immediately attacked the couple with what's been described as a sharp instrument. During the melee, Leigh Ann Zirkle was able to make it into her house and then ran out the front door into the street, while police believe the killer fled in the Zirkle’s 2010 gray Toyota Camry.
On the scene, officers discovered a silver Subaru sedan with Connecticut license plates that was parked in the street at the side of the house with its rear doors wide open. The car is registered to Peter Alexander Bohning, which led police to believe that he was the murder suspect.
This is a developing story and we'll be sure to keep this post updated as more information rolls in.