MURFREEBSBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police are investigating after a man was shot and killed and an alleged kidnapping victim was found at a Murfreesboro home Saturday.
Upon their arrival, officers began administering first aid to the victim, now identified as Cesar Lopez-Flores, before he was taken to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police told News 2 a woman at the home claimed she was kidnapped from a trailer park in Shelbyville before being taken to the residence.
The woman said the men were wearing police uniforms and said they were with the task force. According to the woman, the men allegedly kept asking her where the drugs were. When she said she did not know, they took her and her 2014 Chevy Camaro to the Indian Park Drive home.
The suspects then forced their way inside and shot and killed 30-year-old Lopez-Flores, a husband and father murdered in cold blood.
The victim’s wife called police after being awoken.
“This is a heartbreaking case, especially right before Christmas,” Murfreesboro Police Department Spokesman Sgt. Kyle Evans said. “You have a father who was shot in at least one member of his family. We know that he has young children. It’s a case we want to solve and solve quickly.”
Lopez-Flores wife and two children were not hurt. The alleged kidnapping victim was taken to a local hospital for a head injury.
News 2 has learned during the time of the crime, there were several vehicles that passed through.
Police are urging anyone who may have seen the suspect’s vehicle or the person running to the vehicle to give them a call.
“That one piece of information could be the key to help us put this case together and hold the person or persons accountable for this terrible act,” Evans said.
Neighbors told News 2 that for the most part, this is a quiet community and not much excitement happens around here so a home invasion and murder is concerning.
“It’s definitely a frightening thing knowing like literally right across the street that happened,” said Jeremy Campbell, who just moved to the neighborhood less than a month ago.
He came outside just after Midnight to smoke a cigarette when he saw police activity.
“Shocking, that’s definitely what it is. It was highly unexpected,” he said. “I’m really not going to try and let that deter me from having a happy home here,” Campbell said.
Detectives are looking to talk to anyone who may have seen the suspects or their vehicles. We’re told there may have been more than one.
Anyone with information is urged to call police at 615-893-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867.