A Franklin County man is in custody after allegedly shooting his wife and his two children Saturday afternoon.
Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Chris Guess told Thunder Radio News that deputies responded to a call of domestic violence at 1620 Vernon Ridge Rd. at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
“While deputies were responding, the situation escalated with shots fired,” explained Guess.
Upon arrival on the scene, deputies entered the residence and found Holly Raquel Maxwell (age 46), on the floor of the residence.
While processing the scene, authorities made contact with Christopher Maxwell, (age 47) in an adjacent milk barn, where he was taken into custody.
A 13-year old juvenile at the scene was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of gunshot wounds, and a 14-year old juvenile was transported to Erlanger Barones Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment of gunshot wounds.
After being transported to Southern Tennessee Regional Health Systems for treatment of chest pains, Christopher Maxwell was booked into the Franklin County Jail on charges of first degree murder, homicide, criminal attempt and aggravated child abuse and neglect. He is being held with no bond. His initial court date is set for Thursday, March 5.
In addition to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, other responding agencies included the Lexie Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department and the A&E Emergency Services.
(Photo – mugshot of Christopher Maxwell)