A man killed his ex-girlfriend's current boyfriend, her mother and two other people, then killed himself after police caught up with him in a rural area, authorities said.
Rusty L. Rumley came to the family's apartment in a public housing complex Wednesday morning under the ruse of needing help moving furniture, Bristol Police Chief Blaine Wade said.
Rumley, 26, took Francis Watson -- his ex-girlfriend's 43-year-old mother -- and her neighbor Roy Malone to a breezeway outside the 10-story Edgemont Towers and shot them, police said.
Then he returned to the family's eighth-floor apartment and asked his former girlfriend for a drink. As she got it, he fatally shot her boyfriend, Brandon Michael Roskos, 20, and another friend, 53-year-old Danny Wayne Murray, Wade said.
Rumley's former girlfriend, whom police did not identify, managed to close the door and lock him out in the hallway as he tried to reload his .45-caliber handgun, the chief said.
Rumley fled in his pickup truck as neighbors called police.
About an hour later, officers found his pickup about 25 miles away, down a one-lane dirt road just over the Sullivan-Carter county line near Rumley's home in Watauga. The vehicle had been abandoned.
Police caught up with Rumley on foot and surrounded him, then heard a single, fatal shot.
A note was found in the truck, but Wade would not release details.