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Joan Bernard, 62; Emily Bernard Bivens, 25; and Cullen Bivens, 1, were killed Tuesday in Keeling.

A search warrant obtained Friday morning by the Danville Register & Bee offers a glimpse of the crime scene investigators walked into after three people were killed Tuesday in Keeling.

Matthew Bernard is charged with first-degree murder in the slayings of his mother, Joan Bernard, 62; his sister, Emily Bernard Bivens, 25; and her 1-year-old son, Cullen Micah Bivens.

It was 8:05 a.m. Tuesday when a neighbor, identified as the aunt of the 18-year-old suspect in the search warrant, called 911. She told authorities Bernard banged on her door at about 7:30 a.m. When she opened the door, the suspect punched her in the shoulder and ran away, the document states.

A few minutes later, she hears gunfire from the home at 1949 Keeling Drive. She drove to the home and found a body in the driveway. That's when she picked up the phone to call 911.

Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office investigator Anthony Rouse was the first officer on the scene. As he approached the house, he passed the neighbor who had called 911. 

"He sees an adult male sitting in a van outside the house and that male walks up the driveway" to the neighbor, the search warrant states. The document does not identify the man.

Rouse then hears a woman screaming from the direction of the home.

By now Rouse is joined by two other deputies and they enter the home. After entering the front door, they found a woman dead in the bedroom. A spent shell casing and dead dog were located in the living room, the document reports. An infant was found dead on a bed in the room where the woman's body was located. The infant appeared to have been shot in the head, the search warrant states.

Blood was spattered on the wall of the living room. 

No one else was found in the home. The search warrant states the suspect was not present.

This story will be updated.

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