Four killed in shooting in Ohio neighborhood; Officers started search operation

Four people were fatally shot in an Ohio neighborhood, officials said as they searched for a man believed to be armed and dangerous.

Police in Montgomery County’s Butler Township said officers were called to the area shortly before noon Friday on information about the shooting.

Chief John Porter said four victims with gunshot wounds were found at several crime sites. All were declared brought dead at the scene.

Police said they are looking for 39-year-old Stephen Marlowe, who they believe fled the area in an SUV. They warned him or anyone seeing the vehicle to call 911 and not approach him because he was still likely to be armed and dangerous.

The Montgomery County coroner’s office on Saturday identified the victims as 82-year-old Clyde Knox, 78-year-old Eva Knox, 41-year-old Sarah Anderson and a 15-year-old girl, whose names were not released.

Porter said police do not believe there is a threat to the neighborhood, but that officers will remain in the area if he returns. He said it was not immediately clear what led to the firing.

The Dayton Daily News reported that the four victims lived in separate homes near the home of Marlowe’s parents.

“We are working to determine whether there is a motive for this horrific tragedy or whether mental illness played a role,” Porter said. He described the shooting as the first violent crime in the neighborhood in recent memory.

The FBI field office in Cincinnati said it was part of the investigation and noted that Marlowe had links to Indianapolis, Chicago and Lexington, Kentucky, and may have been in one of these cities.

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The Dayton Daily News reported that according to Montgomery County Court records, Marlowe had received probation in February 2019 on charges of aggravated theft and aggravated endangerment from a July 2019 incident in the Dayton suburb of Vandalia.

Vandalia closed several public areas, including recreation centers, the Castle Hills golf course and pool, and the city’s senior citizens center as a precaution following the shooting on Saturday, the newspaper reported.

Court documents do not list the attorney representing Marlowe; A message seeking comment was left on a number listed in his name on Saturday.

(Only the title and image in this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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