Cleveland man accused of killing girlfriend and her child

CLEVELAND, Tennessee(WDEF) – A former Cleveland city firefighter is now facing two counts of murder in connection to the death of his girlfriend and her five year old son.

Ross Anderson, 31, has been identified by Cleveland police as the prime suspect in a double homicide.

"He was obviously a person of interest right off the bat. There was also some events that took place that drew us in contact with him in another county," said Cleveland Police Chief Mark Gibson.

Anderson was taken into custody in Rutherford County Tennessee. He is now being held under close surveillance at an undisclosed medical facility.

The case against Anderson began when his girlfriend, Rachel Johnson, 30, didn’t show up for work. A co-worker called police and asked if an officer could go to her home to conduct a welfare check.

When officers entered her home which was located in the 200 block of Hillview Drive Northwest, they found Johnson and her five year old son dead.

"Both victims sustained multiple injuries consistent with gunshot wounds," said Cleveland Police Spokesperson Evie West.

"We have some weapons that we have confiscated. We have sent them off to a lab to verify that those were the weapons used to commit murder," said Chief Gibson.

Less than 24-hours after police removed the crime scene tape from around Johnson’s house, close neighbors spoke to News 12 about the couple’s relationship.

"They would always appear to be happy. They would always play with the children. I didn’t think anything would ever happen like this," said Brianna Morgan.

"I would see the couple walking around with the kid sometimes and I never suspected anything like this to happen at all. It’s really sad," said December Morgan.

Investigators are calling the incident a case of deadly domestic violence. But even they’re baffled by what may have led to the shooting.

According to Chief Gibson, there was no history of 911 calls in reference to a domestic dispute inside Johnson’s home.

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