Russell Blakney and 11-year-old son died, daughter injured in apparent murder-suicide in Stanley NC

11-year-old dead and twin sister hospitalized in house fire allegedly intentionally set by their father Russell Blakney in Gaston County

Russell Blakney Death – A criminal investigation is being carried out by the Gaston County Police Department in response to a murder-suicide and house fire. Officers were called to Brentwood Lane at around two in the morning on Saturday, October 21, 2023, to help the Sheriff’s Office with a possible murder-suicide. Russell Blakney, 48, is the suspect; it is thought that he purposefully set fire to the residence. Blakney’s remains were discovered by the police there.

The twins of Blakney were also present in the home. Blakney’s eleven-year-old daughter was brought to the hospital after being rescued from the house by law enforcement. Blakney’s 11-year-old kid passed away at the scene, according to the police.

Gastonia Regional Response Team Warrant Service in a statement, stated that in order to help the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office serve Mr. Russell William Blakney with an involuntary mental commitment and a 50B domestic violence protection order, the Gastonia Regional Response Team responded at 220 Brentwood Lane in Stanley, North Carolina.

The Gaston County Police Department secured criminal warrants for Russell William Blakney for False Imprisonment, Assault by Pointing a Gun, and Possession of a Firearm by a Felon while on the scene and during attempts to serve the civil order. up an effort to convince Mr. Blakney to turn himself up, negotiators got in touch. There were two kids in the house when these talks were taking place.

Prolonged discussions carried on until the early hours of the following day. It was around 3:37 a.m. when the house caught fire. The youngsters were taken out of the house by the members of the Regional Response Team after they forced entry. The crime scene is still under investigation by the Gaston County Police Department.

Anyone with information, contact Gaston County police at 704-866-3320 or Crime Stoppers at 704-861-8000.

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