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Paramedic Charged With Shooting His Wife And His Father-in-law To Death

Matthew Konen, a Tennessee based-paramedic, is accused of killing his wife Rachel Konen and his wife’s father, David Rodgers. 


By Gina Tron

A Tennessee paramedic is accused of killing his wife and his wife’s father.

Rachel Konen, 30, and her 62-year-old father David Rodgers were shot to death in Clarksville in January. On Tuesday, detectives announced that they have arrested Konen’s husband Matthew Konen, 31, in connection with the killings, according to a Clarksville Police Department press release, obtained by Oxygen.com.

Konen has been booked into the Montgomery County Jail on two counts of first-degree murder. 

He has worked as a paramedic for the Nashville Fire Department for the past four years, Joseph Pleasant, a spokesperson for the fire department, confirmed to Oxygen.com.

He noted in a statement that “when the Nashville Fire Department became aware of the incident in Clarksville involving Paramedic Matthew Konen the NFD re-assigned him to an alternate duty assignment where he was not working with the public nor responding to incidents during the ongoing investigation.”

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He said that the department is not able to comment further. 

“As part of our Civil Service process we will not be able to make a statement on his compliance or failure to comply with any of our OPGs because that could hamper further disciplinary procedures if warranted,” Pleasant stated, adding “The arrest of Paramedic Konen should not reflect on the other more than 1,200 personnel who serve the residents and visitors of Nashville 24/7/365 with pride.”

Last year, the fire department referred to the alleged killer as a “weekend warrior” in a tweet, which pictured him and a colleague smiling in front of an ambulance.

It’s unclear if Konen has hired an attorney.

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