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Kentucky Man Arrested For Allegedly Killing Dad With Crossbow, Striking Sister With Frying Pan

Gerald Beavers III has been charged with murder and assault.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

A Kentucky man was arrested this week for allegedly assaulting both his father and his sister, killing one with a crossbow and assaulting the other with a frying pan.

The Louisville Metro Police Department confirmed that Gerald Beavers III, 23, had been located and arrested after the department posted on Facebook on Thursday that they were searching for him and that he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Officers were called to a private residence around 1 p.m. on Thursday to investigate a report of a deceased individual who’d been killed with a crossbow, police said. An unnamed woman in her 20s who spoke to officers told them that her brother assaulted her, hitting her in the head with a frying pan, before turning on their father and fatally shooting him with a crossbow before fleeing the scene. Beavers’ father, 55, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities.

Before being apprehended by police, Beavers was believed to be driving a red 2018 Honda Civic to North Carolina with a crossbow in tow. Police urged any civilians to refrain from approaching Beaver, and if spotted, contact police instead, according to Thursday’s release.

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Court records show that Beavers has since been captured and charged with murder and first-degree assault, the Louisville Courier Journal reports.

Authorities have not shared what led to the altercation among the family, but following his arrest, Beavers allegedly confessed to fatally shooting his father and said he choked his sister so that she would lose consciousness and “he could reload his crossbow and kill her,” according to the outlet.

Beavers’ arraignment was reportedly scheduled for Friday morning.

Authorities and officials have yet to officially name the victim, but USA Cares — a non-profit organization created to provide financial assistance to soldiers, veterans, and their families — has identified the deceased as Gerry Beavers, their director of career transition, according to local station WDRB.

“Not only was Gerry an employee of USA Cares, he was also a lifelong friend. We went to school together, served in the Army together, and worked at several organizations together,” Trace Chesser, president and CEO of USA Cares, said in a statement obtained by the outlet. “Right before he joined USA Cares, he expressed to me that working with veterans and being able to create positive change in their lives was truly a dream job for him. I am thankful that he had the opportunity to do exactly that, and he will be missed dearly by all of us at USA Cares and by those who were blessed to know him.”

Beavers was held on a $500,000 bond and has been barred from having any deadly weapons, NBC affiliate WCNC reports.