5 things we know about hatchet murder suspect Domenic Micheli

Metro Police - Domenic Micheli

Metro Police - Domenic Micheli

Kentucky State Police arrested Domenic Micheli near Bowling Green on Interstate 65 on Tuesday night. He is accused of murdering 36-year-old Joel Paavola.

Here are five things we know about Micheli:

1. He worked at The Balance Training

Micheli was fired from The Balance Training, a fitness center on Harding Pike and the location of the murder, 14 months ago. Paavola worked as a strength and conditioning coach at The Balance and is reported to have fired Micheli.

2. There was a struggle during the attack

“There was a struggle. Mr. Paavola obviously tried to defend himself against this attack, but Mr. Micheli was very brutal,” Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman Don Aaron told reporters Monday, according to News Channel 5. “Mr. Paavola was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead on arrival.” 

3. He was spotted in Gallatin

Following the attack, Micheli was believed to have been spotted at a Gallatin urgent care facility shortly after 8 a.m., where he was caught on camera walking with a limp. Gallatin police said the man requested a suture kit from the urgent care staff but would not comply when asked to provide personal information. Micheli left the facility without being treated. Gallatin Police Chief Donald Bandy said that there were been no other sightings reported in the Gallatin area.

4. He was arrested by the White House in April

In April of this year, Micheli was arrested by White House Secret Service staff for not complying with an officer. Micheli drove up to a checkpoint near the White House and refused to move his car, despite the officer explaining the entrance was for authorized vehicles only. Micheli was arrested and charged with unlawful entry and failure to obey. News of Micheli’s arrest in Washington follows that of Travis Reinking, another local man who faced a similar charge before opening fire at an Antioch Waffle House.

5. His Facebook page has cryptic messages

Micheli’s Facebook profile contains cryptic, blank verse poetry, including a post from April 8 in which he wrote that he “won’t be armed. i [sic] have two small knives and a hatchet in my car.” He posted May 26 that there “will not be any mercy doled out after this post.” According to his Facebook page, Micheli did not appear to be in contact with family.



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