Nashville Couple Randomly Stabbed; Suspect Killed During Deputy-Involved Shooting in Texas

Nashville Couple Randomly Stabbed; Suspect Killed During Deputy-Involved Shooting in Texas

NASHVILLE, TN. – The fugitive involved in the killing of a West Nashville, Tennessee man, and attempted murder of his wife was shot and killed during an officer-involved shooting on Monday.

Peter Alexander Bohning, 34, of Kent, Connecticut, has been wanted for questioning since the stabbing of Donald and Leigh Ann Zirkle

On Friday, June 21, 2019, the Zirkles were sitting on their back porch talking at the Cherokee Road home, when an unknown suspect approached them. Mrs. Zirkle, although seriously wounded, was able to describe the suspect as a white man in his 20’s to 30’s with long blonde hair. She also said that the man who was wearing a dirty yellow shirt asked for directions before producing and stabbing them with a sharp instrument. Mrs. Zirkle, 58,  ran out the front door into the street and collapsed. Neighbors ran to her aid and helped her until paramedics responded to the scene.

Police cleared the home and found Donald Zirkle, 59, critically wounded near the back of the home. He was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries. Police found a silver Subaru sedan with Connecticut plates parked on the street at the home. The back doors of the vehicle were open and the vehicle was found to be registered to Bohning who they believe fled in the Zirkle’s 2010 gray Toyota Camry. 

Authorities called Bohning’s family and they said that they had not spoken with him in several days and did not know where he was. 

On Saturday, June 22, 2019, arrest warrants were issued for Bohning. On Monday, June 24, 2019, Bohning was located in Gaines County, Texas, at around 7:00 a.m. after the report of a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was described as a 2010 Toyota Camry and was determined to be the vehicle belonging to the couple stabbed in Nashville.

  During an altercation with deputies, Bohning stabbed a deputy who was airlifted to a hospital in Lubbock. His injuries were non-life-threatening. As a result of the stabbing, Bohning was shot and was also taken to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Mrs. Zirkle remains in critical condition as a result of the stabbing. The motive is unknown at this time. Authorities said that there is no connection between Peter Bohning and the victims.

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