Jason C. Hendrix, 16, is believed to have shot and killed his mother, father and sister after a dispute with his parents over computer use before driving from Corbin to the East Coast, where he was killed in a shootout with police in Maryland, Corbin police Chief David Campbell said Sunday.
Baltimore County Police in Maryland confirmed Sunday that it was Hendrix who was shot and killed Saturday.
Hendrix had a 9mm semiautomatic handgun, two .38-caliber pistols, a double-barreled shotgun and backpack "completely full of ammo," Campbell said in an interview.
Hendrix, a high school Junior ROTC student and active church member, apparently went to a church youth meeting Wednesday night after his family had been slain, Campbell said.
"At a church youth meeting he had told them he had found his dad's guns," Campbell said. "He didn't say if he had them in the vehicle or not."
Kevin and Sarah Hendrix and daughter Grace were found dead at their Forest Circle Drive home in Corbin on Saturday afternoon.
A police officer went to the house after police in Baltimore County called to ask them to do a welfare check.
"All three were shot in the head at least twice," Campbell said. "A pillow was used to try to muffle the gunshot used on all three individuals. The pillows were still on their faces."
Police think the victims were gunned down late Wednesday afternoon, Campbell said. The father still had on his sport coat and tie from work. The mother was ambushed as she stepped into the kitchen from the garage after arriving home from work.
Jason Hendrix took his mother's SUV, Campbell said. Police were uncertain why he chose to drive to Maryland.
The teen "was mad at his parents over the usage of his computer. They had taken his computer rights away," Campbell told the Herald-Leader.
"The mother had talked to a co-worker and told her that he was really mad about that," the chief told The Associated Press.
Another daughter, Elizabeth, who goes by Lizzie, attends Berry College, a private school in Georgia, Campbell said. "I had to tell her what was going on," he said.
Police in Baltimore pursued a vehicle with Kentucky plates Saturday until it hit another vehicle. The driver opened fire on Baltimore County police, and officers returned fire.
One Baltimore County police officer was injured.
That officer later was released from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His bullet-proof vest stopped the round that struck him.
Six Baltimore County Police officers fired their weapons during the incident. They were to be placed on administrative status while the incident is reviewed.
Kevin and Sarah Hendrix were beekeepers who sold honey at the local farmers market, and Grace Hendrix was a middle school cheerleader.
A spokesman for Union College in Barbourville confirmed that Sarah Hendrix was a professor there.
Drew Mahan, founding pastor of Forward Community Church, which the family attended, said officers questioned him extensively about Jason on Saturday night after discovering the bodies. He described Jason Hendrix as a faithful member of his three-year-old church, which held services at a movie theater.
Hendrix would arrive every Sunday at 7 a.m. to help set up the church's equipment and was baptized in December.
"People want to ask questions. Why? How? I simply looked at folks today and said, 'I don't know," Mahan said after finishing the Sunday morning service.
Michelle Payne, 30, who lived across the street from the Hendrix home, said they were "your classic small-town family," adding she had not seen the family since Tuesday night, when Kevin was walking the family's dog. And she said the school bus had not stopped at the house for several days to drop off Grace.
Greg Razmus, 46, who owns the theater that Forward Community Church uses for its services and volunteers at the church, said he had become close to the family, especially Jason. He said Jason had the same struggles common to most teenagers, including getting angry at his dad for grounding him because he texted someone he wasn't supposed to.
"Just normal stuff," he said. "There was never any sign of anything you would think could cause this."
Mahan said Grace Hendrix was beautiful and bubbly with "tons of friends."
"You could tell that she looked up to Jason a lot," he said." She was proud of her brother. That's just another reason (why this is) so senseless to us."
Campbell said a triple homicide was unusual for Corbin.
"I've been chief six years," he said. "We're having a lot of overdoses on heroin. I think we had four suicides last year.
"But we've never had anything like this."