Police have made an arrest in relation to the quadruple murder in eastern Tennessee. Four people were shot and killed at a former mountain resort and police believe that 26-year-old Jacob Allen Bennett may have been responsible for the shooting.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Director Mark Gwyn said that Bennett was arrested today and is currently being held at Cumberland County jail.
Gwyn said: “We believe that we have this person that committed these crimes in custody, that this community is safe. (People) can rest assured that we believe that we have this person that committed these crimes in custody.”
Danielle Jacobson, 22, and passengers Steven Presley, 17, Dominic Davis, 17, and John Lajeunesse, 16, were found dead in a car about 50 miles west of Knoxville.
Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess said: “This has really affected a lot of the high-school-age kids. This is something that is very traumatic.”
Police believe that the suspect was connected to one of the victims but they still are not sure about a motive. At the moment, authorities are trying not to speculate about the reason behind the shooting.
Casey Cox, the chief investigator for the sheriff’s department, said: “There’s a lot of emotion that goes into this case just simply based on the age of these children.”
ABC notes that Bennett has a criminal history. The suspect previously served time in Florida and in 2010 he was sentenced to two years in prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.