Authorities in Kansas announced they had apprehended a man wanted in Ohio in connection with the shooting deaths of four individuals, one of whom was a juvenile girl.
Police in Butler Township, Montgomery County, confirmed late Saturday night that 39-year-old Stephen Marlow had been apprehended by police in Lawrence, Kansas. He was taken into jail without incident. Marlow will be extradited to Ohio to face charges in the slayings, according to Chief John Porter. A message seeking comment was left for Marlow on Saturday at a phone number listed in his name.
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In the early morning hours of Friday, police responded to a complaint of shots fired in an Ohio neighborhood and discovered four people with gunshot wounds at several crime scenes, according to authorities. It was stated by the Dayton Daily News that two distinct properties where the victims resided were found near the home owned by Marlow’s family.
In a statement on Saturday, the Montgomery County coroner’s office identified the fatalities as Clyde Knox, 82, Eva Knox, 78, and Sarah Anderson, 41, all of Montgomery County. At the site, all were pronounced dead.
“Do not approach him as he is still likely to be armed and dangerous,” the police had told anyone who had seen Marlow, who had escaped.
When asked whether “mental illness played any role,” Porter claimed the shootings were “the first violent incident in this community in recent memory.” He thanked the community and the other agencies participating in the investigation for their help and information.
Aggravated burglary and an aggravated menacing allegation resulting from an incident in Vandalia, Dayton, in July of this year were dismissed in February, according to Montgomery County court records obtained by the Dayton Daily News. Public spaces in Vandalia were shut down as a precaution on Saturday.
Following the murder of the adolescent, Vandalia school administrator Robert O’Leary announced that the district would continue to provide children and their families with access to counsellors and therapists for the remainder of the week. A “ray of light” who was “beautiful inside and out,” he described her.