Tennessee murder suspect killed in Gaines County

Tennessee murder suspect killed in Gaines County

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GAINES COUNTY, Texas -

Gaines County Deputies report they shot and killed a murder suspect from Nashville, Tenn. Monday morning, west of Seminole. 

Peter Alexander Bohning, 34, from Kent, Conn. was wanted for questioning in the death of a man in west Nashville on Friday, June 21, according to Nashville police.

A Gaines County Deputy encountered Bohning while answering a "suspicious vehicle" call near 1550 on U.S. Highway 62-180. When asked for identification, Bohning stabbed the deputy. In defense, the deputy fired at the suspect with his sidearm, according to DPS.  

Nashville police report he was driving the vehicle owned by the victim in the Nashville murder. Metro Police report that vehicle was taken from the victims' home after they were stabbed Friday.

The deputy is in a Lubbock hospital with stabbing injuries, according to DPS. Bohning was taken to Seminole Memorial Hospital where he later died. 

Bohning was wanted for questioning in the death of Donald Zirkle, 59, and the wounding of Leigh Ann Zirkle, 58, in Nashville. Officers found Leigh Ann collapsed in the street with stab wounds, including one to her neck. Officers found Donald critically injured near the back of the house. He was taken to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he died.

Leigh Ann told investigators the couple was sitting on their back porch when a stranger approached and asked for directions before attacking them with a sharp instrument.

The Texas Rangers are currently investigating.

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