Bradley County law enforcement detectives continue to investigate an apparent double homicide and suicide Friday morning which left three family members dead and a third person severely wounded.
Charles Boling Sr., 67, apparently shot his wife, Gail, 65, his son, Charles Bowling Jr., 47, and his son’s friend, Kenneth Bradley Kilgore, 33, before taking his own life.
The three family members were determined to be dead at the scene by Emergency Medical Service technicians, while Kilgore was airlifted by Life Force to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. He was listed in critical condition Saturday in the intensive care unit.
Other than county patrol officers and EMS personnel who first arrived at the scene, no one was allowed to enter the home until a search warrant was obtained. The on-scene investigation by Bradley County detectives began around 11 a.m. and continued until after 6 p.m.
According to published reports, Boling Jr. and Kilgore are listed on Facebook as “domestic partners” and were joint owners of the property at 325 Baker Bridge Road. The residence is near the intersection of Chilcutt Road, off Benton Pike.
Detectives from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office’s Criminal Division, assisted by forensic technicians from the Cleveland Police Department, conducted the ongoing investigation once the search warrant was obtained.
Authorities have determined the elder Bolings apparently had a domestic quarrel the previous evening. Mrs. Boling then traveled from the couple’s home in Etowah to spend the night with her son. Boling Sr. apparently arrived at the home early Friday morning and shot the three occupants, before turning the gun on himself.
Bradley County detectives traveled to Etowah Friday evening for a routine search of the elderly couple’s residence.
Law enforcement authorities reportedly found several weapons in the home on Baker Bridge Road, but declined to release any additional information about the progress of their investigation.
Family members, neighbors and acquaintances are attempting to determine what exactly happened. Ryan Boling, one of Boling Jr.’s two sons from a former marriage, declined to comment to news media.
Neighbors said the elder Bolings lived at the Baker Bridge Road home prior to moving to Etowah. They reportedly gave the property to their son. They also have two daughters.
One of he daughters reportedly arrived at the home Friday morning, but was not allowed to enter the crime scene.
The three bodies were transported to the University of Tennessee Forensic Center in Knoxville Friday afternoon for autopsies. Authorities do not believe anyone else was involved in the tragedy, other than the four victims.
Boling Jr. was a former employee of the Olin Corporation in Charleston, but resigned from the job a few years ago.
Neighbors said the last time they saw the property owners was when a large tree fell on the house during the April 27 tornadoes that swept through the area. The home had since been repaired.
An emergency call was received at Bradley County’s 911 Center at 6:58 Friday morning and patrol officers were dispatched to the scene. An Emergency Medical Service unit and Bradley County Fire Rescue personnel arrived a short time later.
Bradley County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Bob Gault said Walter Hunt of the District Attorney’s Office was also at the scene.
After Kilgore was airlifted to Erlanger and the bodies were removed from the home, county detectives began their investigation at the scene. Forensic experts from the Cleveland Police Department were asked to assist.
Sheriff’s Office criminal investigation equipment arrived later in the day.