Emanuel K. Samson, 25, was arrested on Sunday after allegedly opening fire inside Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tenn. He has been charged with first-degree murder, and more charges are likely to come, police said.
Less than three months earlier, on June 27, Murfreesboro police responded to a call from his father, Vanansio Samson, that Emanuel was having suicidal thoughts.
“Your phone is off, I have a gun to my head, have a nice F--- life,” the younger Samson wrote to his father in a text, according to a missing person-runaway report from the Murfreesboro PD.
Police pinged Samson’s phone in an attempt to locate him, according to the report, but it’s unclear if contact was ever made.
Vanansio Samson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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And this year, two calls were made to the Murfreesboro police — one in January and one in March — regarding domestic disputes involving Emanuel Samson.
In the police report from January, Samson and his girlfriend allegedly got into an argument after she accused him of cheating on her. Samson allegedly punched a television, breaking it, and also broke a small figurine, according to the report.
Samson’s girlfriend said she tried to leave the room but he demanded she talk with him, the report states. Once police arrived, they photographed Samson’s hand, which was bloodied from punching the television, but the girlfriend declined to press charges.
In the March report, Samson called police when the same woman showed up at his home and argued with him. Officers noted that Samson said the relationship had ended but she continued coming to his home.