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Suspect sought in fatal stabbing

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By PHILIP SAYBLACK
Staff Writer

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Three people are dead and a fourth could be on the run following a separate shooting and stabbing that happened Sunday night and Monday in Nash County.

Police responded Sunday to a report of shots fired on the 9000 block of Grover Road in Nashville and found a man identified as Brian Scott Keen Jr., 31, suffering from a single gunshot wound. When Nash Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived, they pronounced Keen dead. The suspect in the case was later identified by law enforcement officers as Michael Steven Stell, 34. 

According to a news release sent from the agency, Stell fled the scene in a green Chevrolet Tahoe in an unknown direction. A warrant for second-degree murder was taken out against Stell. He was described as standing 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighing 170 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. 

A second news release sent later Monday afternoon from the Nash County Sheriff’s Office confirmed law enforcement officers found Stell dead in what it called “an undisclosed cemetery in Halifax County.” The release stated Stell died as a result of suicide but did not say exactly how Stell killed himself.

The document stated that the investigation into this case is ongoing and anyone with information should contact Nash County Detective Jonathan Hillis at 252-903-2453. 

Deputies responded to a reported shooting Monday on the 7900 block of Edwards Road in Nashville, not far from the scene of the Grover Road shooting. According to a news release posted Monday night to the agency’s Facebook page, that incident turned out to be a stabbing that proved fatal. The release stated Nash EMS personnel pronounced the victim, identified as Danny McCalston, dead when they arrived.

The document did not note if a suspect had been named or arrested in the case, and no announcement on a suspect or arrest was made by presstime. The release stated that the investigation into the stabbing is ongoing and that anyone with information should contact Nash County Detective Jenkins at 459-4121.

Sunday and Monday’s fatal assaults are just the latest to happen in Nash County this year. The county’s previous homicides this year include Trudy Rosser on Aug. 24 in a suspected murder-suicide in Whitakers and the death of Glorika Cherta Townsend. Townsend was recently found dead near U.S. 64 in Momeyer after having been reported missing Aug. 31.

Shantonio Lucas was arrested in September in connection with Townsend’s death. Court records show he was charged with felony first-degree murder in the case and that he is scheduled to appear Thursday in N.C. District Court in Nashville for a probable cause hearing.

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