Cumberland County Woman Found Shot to Death in Burning Home

Cumberland County deputies found a 66-year-old woman dead with a gunshot wound inside a home that burned down in Crossville near Lake Tansi.

According to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Cumberland County fire crews responded to a house fire at 1041 Flathead Road in Crossville on Dec. 3 around 3:15 a.m.

Deputies said firefighters found a 66-year-old woman dead inside the home, who they later identified as Gale Meister.

The District Attorney’s Office and agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were called to help in the investigation. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined she had died from a gunshot wound instead of from the fire.

Investigators identified Frank Lackey, 57, from Nashville as a person of interest since he lived at the home with Meister. A TBI special agent located Lackey driving Meister’s vehicle in Rutherford County.  A Rutherford County deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, but according to reports, Lackey shot himself in the head and took his own life before the deputy could approach the vehicle.

The CCSO said the incident is being treated as a domestic homicide, arson and suicide.

Our friends at reported the death of Meister last week.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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