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Cops: Fired Worker Kills Boss With Hatchet

Police in Tennessee hunting for Domenic Micheli, arrested recently near the White House
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2018 7:53 AM CDT
This photo provided by Metro Nashville Police shows Domenic Micheli.   (Metro Nashville Police via AP)

(Newser) – Police in Nashville are looking for a man they say killed his former boss with a hatchet at a strip-mall fitness facility. Domenic Micheli, 41, remains at large after Monday's attack on 46-year-old Joel Paavola inside The Balance Training, reports Fox17. Paavola fired Micheli 14 months ago, and video shows the suspect pacing in the strip mall's parking garage before the attack. Micheli killed Paavola with a hatchet and some other type of cutting instrument, say police. Another scary twist: The Secret Service arrested Micheli in April after he drove his car to a White House checkpoint and refused to leave, reports the Tennessean.

In a Facebook post just a few days ago, Micheli seemed to refer to himself as the "Sun of God." One part reads: "I've sensed there has been some/Confusion about things recently/Amongst the people./Some people, even the strong faithful/Have indeed waivered in their belief of/Me as being the Sun of God/And their leader." Police say he was driving an older-model silver Toyota Yaris. See this police post for more images of him and the vehicle. (Read more hatchet stories.)

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