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Tenn. Man Kills Three, Shoots Self

October 31, 2000

TELLICO PLAINS, Tenn. (AP) _ A construction worker upset over a failed relationship opened fire in a trailer park Monday, killing his girlfriend and two others and critically wounded a fourth person before fatally shooting himself, police said.

With a gun in each hand, 60-year-old Cleo Colvin began shooting after he discovered Mary Presley, 41, moving out of their mobile home with the help of three men, neighbors said.

Garland Stamey, 59, and Ronald Guilliames, 31, were killed. Tommy Stamey, 30, was shot six times and was in serious condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

``He drove in and saw them and just went off, started shooting,″ said Police Chief Arlie French. ``He just kind of snapped.″

Police in this remote town at the edge of the Cherokee National Forest, and 20 miles west of the Tennessee-North Carolina border, said Colvin did not have a history of violence.

Witnesses told The Knoxville News-Sentinel that after police arrived, Colvin walked to a friend’s home, asked him to take care of his guns, and then shot himself.

``He walked on in and said he was going to go home and kill himself,″ said the friend, Virgil Bayless. ``Now, we were always carrying on with stuff like that, so I didn’t think he was serious. He went back there in the bedroom, and I heard the shot.″

French said Colvin and Presley had lived together for four or five years.

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