3 dead in Dyersburg include gunman, teen daughter

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DYERSBURG, TN (AP/WMC-TV) - A northwest Tennessee man accused of abusing his teenage daughter shot her to death and killed her foster father before he turned the gun on himself, police said Monday.

Christopher Milburn, 34, on Sunday went to the home where his 15-year-old daughter had been placed by the state Department of Children's Services while the abuse claim was investigated, authorities said. During the attack, he also shot his daughter's foster mother, wounding her.

"The 15-year-old went to stay with family friends while the investigation continued," child services agency spokesman Rob Johnson said. He didn't elaborate on what abuse was being investigated.

The girl had been staying with her father before the allegations, police Capt. Steve Isbell said. The girl's mother was living out-of-state.

Police found the teenager and 46-year-old Todd Randolph dead inside the home. Randolph's wife, Susan, 45, was released Monday from a Memphis hospital.

Police found Milburn's body about a block away, apparently dead from a self-inflicted gunshot.

"This was a grisly crime scene," Dyersburg Police Chief Art Heun said.

Officials said Milburn had no criminal record in Dyersburg, a city of approximately 18,000 people about 70 miles northeast of Memphis.

A prayer service for the Randolph family was planned for Monday night at their church, St. Mary's Episcopal.

The shootings marked the second domestic killing rampage in Tennessee in just over two weeks.

Jacob Levi Shaffer of Fayetteville, a small town near the Alabama border about 70 miles west of Chattanooga, is accused of fatally stabbing five people and beating another to death July 18.

The victims were Shaffer's estranged wife, her teenage son, a boy who was visiting and the wife's father and brother. An acquaintance of Shaffer's was found beaten to death at a business in Huntsville, Ala.

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