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Woman killed, 3 family members injured in Brighton machete attack

A family friend who lived at the home on Cherry Circle was also injured in the attack Tuesday night.

BRIGHTON, Colo. — A woman was killed and three of her family members were injured in a machete attack that happened late Tuesday night, according to Brighton Police (BPD).

A family friend who lived at the home in the 2400 block of Cherry Circle was also injured.

BPD said they received several 911 calls to the 2400 block of Cherry Circle for a disturbance at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday. That's in the area of East Bromley Lane and South 27th Avenue.

Bonnie Skinner, 51, was killed in the attack, according to BPD. Her husband, Vincent, and their two daughters, Paige and Abigayle, were injured. Daniel Smeal, a family friend who lives at the home, was also hurt. There were other people in the home who were not hurt, according to John Bradley, a spokesperson for BPD.

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Bonnie Skinner

He said the suspect, identified as Lonny Lynn McNair, 48, fled the scene in a vehicle as officers were responding.

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Lonny McNair

A short time later, officers spotted and pursued that vehicle, and McNair eventually crashed on train tracks near Interstate 76 and ran from the scene, according to police. A K-9 unit from another local agency was dispatched and helped catch McNair, who is now in custody, police said.

McNair faces charges of homicide, four counts of attempted homicide, first- degree burglary and felony eluding. He was treated at an area hospital for a dog bite, according to BPD.

The relationships between the victims and McNair is not known at this time, according to Bradley.

"There are a lot of citizens who [saw] this event and were very aware that this was a traumatic event; this is the kind of event that makes veterans take a step back," said John Bradley with BPD.

McNair has no Colorado criminal record, but 9Wants to Know has confirmed that he has served four separate sentences in prison in Ohio, the most recent for a 2013 domestic violence case.

According to court documents and records of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, McNair’s first stint behind bars came after a 1991 conviction for breaking and entering. A judge initially sentenced him to serve a term of probation, but he violated the terms of that agreement, leading to two years behind bars from 1993 to 1995.

In 1996, he was convicted of burglary and kidnapping and spent more than nine years in the state’s prison system before being released in 2005. Two years later, after a drug conviction, McNair served 10 months in prison, according to records.

Then, in October 2012, he was charged with domestic violence. A judge sentenced him to a year in prison, but he was released after serving a little less than nine months.

Multiple residents witnessed and reported Tuesday's incident to the police. BPD’s Victim Services unit is offering crisis intervention services to anyone who is experiencing emotional difficulty as a result of witnessing the incident.

Citizens interested in speaking to a victim advocate can call 303-655-2359 or 303-655-2308. Investigators ask that anyone who witnessed the event but has not been interviewed by police call their tip-line at 303-655-8740. 

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