A Stone Mountain man allegedly stabbed and killed his girlfriend as well as his father during an argument Thursday night while two children watched.
The suspect’s mother was also injured in the incident, according to the DeKalb County police.
Mr. Rodney Eugene Smith, Jr., 35, was charged with two counts of murder, aggravated assault and second-degree cruelty to children, Assistant Chief Mr. James Conroy said.
“A domestic dispute escalated when the suspect attacked his girlfriend with a knife,” Mr. Conroy said. “He then attacked and killed his father. During the attack his mother was also injured.”
At 10:50 p.m. police and firefighters responded to 1172 Mannbrook Drive after a 911 call reporting a domestic dispute and a subject armed with a knife.
Officers arrived to find two deceased victims, a man and a woman, inside the home who been slashed and stabbed, Mr. Conroy said.
Police have identified the man as Mr. Rodney Eugene Smith, Sr., 58. They have not yet released the name of the woman.
The third victim, Mrs. Lorraine Smith, 58, had minor cuts and was transported to an area hospital, Mr. Conroy said.
Investigators said the suspect and the victims all live at the home.
There were two children who were present during the incident, but they were not harmed, he said. The children have been placed into protective custody.
Mr. Smith, who was arrested at the scene, suffered minor cuts during the attack and was treated at an area hospital before being transported to the DeKalb County jail.
It’s unclear what prompted the argument and police have not said if the weapon has been recovered. They also did not provide any details on the weapon used.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department’s Major Felony Unit at (770) 724-7850.
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