VIDEO: Naked Triple-Murder Suspect Chases State Trooper, Police K9

A video showed a Virginia state trooper being chased by a naked murder suspect before he was captured.

Correction: This story initially incorrectly identified the officer being chased by the naked man as a Pittsylvania County sheriff's deputy. The story has since been changed to reflect that the officer being chased was a Virginia State Police trooper.

Pittsylvania County, VA – A suspect in a triple murder in Keeling was taken into custody after he chased and then fled police while stark naked on Tuesday (video below).

A neighbor called 911 at about 8 a.m. on Aug. 27 after he found a person dead in a driveway on Keeling Drive, WSET reported.

The Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the address and discovered another adult and a child dead inside the home.

Authorities said the suspect was related to the murder victims and that he took off into the woods when police arrived, WSET reported.

Schools in the area were put on lockdown as police searched the nearby woods with K9s and neighbors were alerted to an “armed and dangerous” suspect on the loose.

WSET reported that 19-year old Matthew Bernard revealed himself to police when he burst back out of the woods, stark naked and unarmed, and ran straight past reporters who were gathered in a media staging area.

Their cameraman captured video of the naked man chasing a Virginia State Police trooper down a driveway.

The trooper, who was carrying a semi-automatic rifle as he ran away from the suspect, dashed across the street and into the yard of a church, with the naked alleged killer hot on his heels.

The video showed the trooper stopped briefly and faced off with Bernard, but the naked man kept coming at him so the trooper had to take off again.

The trooper ran in a circle on the grass and sprayed pepper spray behind him at the encroaching suspect, the video showed.

At first Bernard seemed undaunted by the pepper spray, but then he slowed down and stopped, the video showed.

A split-second later the video showed Bernard running away from the trooper he had just been chasing.

The naked suspect ran across a church parking lot and grabbed a church groundskeeper who was standing next to his pickup truck.

The video showed Bernard had an enraged look on his face as he grappled with the older man, and then grabbed him by the throat.

The trooper rushed up behind him, brandishing a collapsible baton, and administered one strike before Bernard released his victim and took off running again.

The video showed the naked suspect fled across the grass, past the church parking lot, and back onto the street.

The trooper jogged behind Bernard as the suspect ran directly at a couple more state troopers and patrol vehicles that were blocking the road, the video showed.

The video showed one of the troopers released a police K9 at the suspect as he approached their vehicles, but the dog refused to engage with the naked man.

The K9 retreated behind the trooper’s car while the trooper chased the suspect into the woods, the video showed.

More law enforcement officers arrived on the scene and Bernard was taken into custody at the edge of the woods.

The suspect resisted arrest and a Taser was deployed to subdue him, WSET reported.

It took multiple officers to apply handcuffs to the naked man, the video showed.

Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor told reporters at a press briefing after the incident that he wasn’t releasing the names of the homicide victims until next of kin had been notified, WSET reported.

He said the bodies were being transported to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke to be autopsied.

Sheriff Taylor said that three first-degree murder warrants had been issued but had not yet been served, according to WSET.

You can see video of the incident below:

Comments (116)
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THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Streaking is coming back in style

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

That's got to be one of the most impotent cops I've ever seen.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Poor Dog ~ I've Never heard of one NOT Complying with the Command -- but this guy was covered in Pepper spray probably hurt his eyes and nose to be that close to him !!

sturnman22
sturnman22

If you can't kick a naked man's ass - join the girl scouts! Shame on LEOs here.

Justretired
Justretired

All's shit and giggles till you giggle and shit!

sergeant25
sergeant25

Smack him right in the face with the butt of that rifle! No he let him run off! Murdered 3 ppl already? So he runs in the house grabs grannies butcher knife and sticks 3 or 4 more ppl?

Shoot his ass if your not inclined to whip it!

Is this guy an officer or school recess guard?

Make him watch it! Then fire his ass now!!!

If this agency lets this officer go they they are putz’s also!

Carlise
Carlise

Can't do anything because he's unarmed. This is the direct result of bleeding heart liberal anti-police rhetoric. You all created this mess, so stop blaming and name-calling the police. You reap what you sow. Happy now?

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

And you're be whining about a cop shooting an unarmed naked man, and so would the media, calling for the cop to lose his job. There's no win.

Mirwin8069
Mirwin8069

Easy to arm chair quarterback this, to my untrained non LEO eye it really appeared he was attempting suicide by cop, if I had a M-4 I too would want to keep from going hands on for obvious reasons,and a taser doesn’t always work, I don’t know about the baton , but I bet he didn’t want to be accused of using to much force in today’s media, poor dog was traumatized, but in the end they got him

JBo
JBo

Makes you miss the old days when cops were used to physical confrontations...just knock the crap out of the guy and move on to the next call.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Wow, it could’ve went very bag if he ended up stabbing that old guy or worse. The only 2 things that come to my mind are, incompetency of the Officer, or he was “gun shy” meaning the thought of scrutiny for doing his job was lingering in the back of his mind. Either way they better fix it!!!!!

John Boy
John Boy

This is in Virginia, not PA. Virginia State Police. Just look at the license plates.

carebear63
carebear63

Trooper: "Sarge I wouldn't touch that with your di, uhh, nevermind..." 🤣🤣🤣

Oh, for the record, that’s not a Pennsylvania State Trooper. The shoulder patch and livery on the RMP are those of the Virginia State Police. A PSP Trooper would have stood his ground and lit him up. And I don’t think the PSP has any fat uniformed personnel.

BlueMooseCode4
BlueMooseCode4

Why was I hearing the theme to Benny Hill watching this. That was the most pathetic control of a situation I have ever seen in my 35 years of LEO. That officer being chased needs to be retrained or sit on a desk. His failure to take action resulted in the grounds keeper getting attacked and he is lucky he is not dead or injured. The K-9 not attacking it was clearly all the pepper spray the nut was wearing.

yes2A
yes2A

That's just methed up.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Yeah that was pretty pathetic to watch!

alicefae
alicefae

I think he was waiting on backup, so he wouldn’t have to kill the guy, who obviously isn’t playing with a full deck.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Should have shot that fucker as soon as he charged the cop. That cop will never live that down.

LEO0301
LEO0301

When I first watched the video I was very critical of the way the officer handled this guy. But then I realized he was carrying a long gun which would have made it difficult to go hands on. If the naked man got hold of his gun it would have made for an entirely different situation.

LauraJaneT
LauraJaneT

What happened to the K9?

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Can't shoot them, can't hit them....people would scream and cry brutality. The POS should have been killed and the K9 should have chewed on his hot dog.

Zcamaro
Zcamaro

too bad the canine didn't bite his dick off.😀

JMK2244
JMK2244

"The K9 retreated behind the trooper’s car while the trooper chased the suspect into the woods, the video showed." Actually, the video shows the K9 run around the trooper's car and into the woods after the naked guy. He was part of the "take down" as shown with a wagging K9 tail. Hope he got at least one bite in!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

So what kind of a State Trooper allows himself to be chased by a suspect? He is a disgrace to the badge. He should have engaged and neutralized the suspect with whatever force it took. This was not a "Streaker", but a Homicide Suspect for Christ's sake!

Colombiano
Colombiano

Why would you chase a naked dude while holding an AR-15??? 🙈

Guitarplayer
Guitarplayer

He could do anything he wants you can't pin anything on him

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

NAKED CSI ......Thursdays at 8 pm on Channel 4 this fall

first episode "Sic um " -the story of a K9 named Meatballs.

LitheSteel
LitheSteel

I wish he would have got shot before grabbing that citizen.

Angry Curmdgeon
Angry Curmdgeon

Naked wildman, no weapon. VA State Trooper armed with M-16. Why is the trooper running? Is that the politically correct thing to do in VA? Why did the trooper not drop the naked wildman as he was charging the Trooper? The naked wildman should be attaining room temperature on the spot of grass where the Trooper shot him. End of story. No wonder people have such low esteem. The officers have become a product of today's society. It is not safe for them (the PD) and it is not safe for us. The race-baiters have had their way and this is the outcome. Officers, do what your training taught you. Come home safely at the end of each shift. Dropping that naked wildman was a no brainer. Officers almost got hurt. Do the right thing. The way your training taught you. Let the dumbasses sort things out. If they get it wrong, then you were not worthy of them. Find another department that is worth of you and have a stellar career.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

A single long shot of pepper spray to the face and genetelia would have stopped that right in its tracks, as would a simple kick to the gonads.