Suspect arrested in Ga. golf club triple homicide

Police tape via AP/Matt Rourke

Police tape via AP/Matt Rourke

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 1:39 PM PT – Friday, July 9, 2021

A statewide manhunt in Georgia has come to an end as authorities captured a suspect connected to a triple murder. 23-year-old Bryan Rhoden was arrested on Thursday night after a deadly shooting rampage at the Pinetree Country Club near Atlanta over the weekend.

With assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, authorities identified Rhoden as a suspect a few days following the triple homicide. He was arrested about a half hour from the scene of the crime in Chambree, Georgia. Police stated Rhoden shot and killed two people as well as the club’s director, who reportedly witnessed the crime.

Law enforcement found the body of Director of Golf Gene Siller at the tenth hole with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. Two more men, later identified as 46-year-old Henry Valdez and 76-year-old Paul Pierson,  were also found with gunshot wounds in the back of a truck parked on the green. The truck was registered under Pierson.

“It didn’t hit me until later, you know, that this happened to our Country Club and I still can’t believe it,” one local resident expressed. “He was a really nice guy, greeted everyone, treated everyone with respect.”

 

The club closed for the holiday weekend and directed members to a GoFundMe, which was set up on behalf of Siller’s wife and two children to help cover funeral costs.

Rhoden faces three counts of murder as well as assault and kidnapping charges. He is set to appear in court for the first time on Friday evening.

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