Nashville Police Chief Tom Bashore said a fatal Monday afternoon fire appears to have been the result of the murder-suicide of a father and his 10-year-old son.
Authorities responded shortly after 12:30 p.m. to a fire on the 200 block of Lumber Street in Nashville. Police said the fire was extinguished before emergency crews arrived, but two victims were in the house when the incident occurred.
Joseph Christopher Williams, 53, was transported to Nash General Hospital, where he died. His unidentified son was taken to Nash General Hospital then transferred to the Jaycee Burn Clinic at UNC Hospitals-Chapel Hill, where he died. Police initially reported the son’s age at 13, but corrected the boy’s age to 10 Tuesday.
Bashore said Williams had a self-inflicted gunshot wound and injuries from the fire. An autopsy in Raleigh determined the son died from injuries sustained in the fire and multiple gunshot wounds. An autopsy on Williams is planned for Wednesday in Greenville.
“The Nashville Police Department and all emergency responders offer their heartfelt condolences to the family of this tragic event,” Bashore said.