4 people shot, killed in Butler Twp. neighborhood; Police seek person of interest
BUTLER TWP. — UPDATE @12:05 pm:
A police presence remains in a Butler Township neighborhood where four people were shot and killed Friday afternoon.
Police were dispatched to Hardwicke Place and Haverstraw Avenue just before noon Friday on reports of shots fired, Butler Township Police Chief John Porter said Friday afternoon. Police found multiple crime scenes and four people who had been shot. They were all pronounced dead on stage, Porter said.
The victims have been identified by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office as:
- Clyde Knox, an 82-year-old man
- Eva Knox, a 78-year-old woman
- Sarah Anderson, a 41-year-old woman
The coroner’s office also said a 15-year-old girl was killed in the shooting but said at this time her identity has not been released.
Our crews on the scene reported that investigators had two houses blocked off on Hardwicke Place with police tape. A third house on Haverstraw Avenue was also blocked off and investigators have been seen entering the house.
In a statement, Butler Township Police Department said they are continuing to investigate the shooting and are being assisted by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Tobacco and Firearms.
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News Center 7′s John Bedell says there are three Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy cruisers as well as a speed trailer at the corner of Hardwicke Place and Haverstraw Avenue in case a 39-year-old man, Stephen Marlow, comes back to the area.
He has been identified as the primary suspect after Friday’s shooting in Butler Township.
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In the statement, Butler Township said information indicates Marlow may have left Ohio.
The FBI’s Cincinnati office posted on social media that he had ties to Indianapolis, Chicago and Lexington and could be in one of those cities.
Porter identified Stephen Marlow, 39, as a person of interest in the shooting. Marlow has been described at 5-feet 11-inches and 160 pounds. He has short brown hair and was last seen in shorts and a yellow t-shirt.
He was last seen in a white 2007 Ford Edge with Ohio license plate number JES 9806.
Porter said Marlow should not be approached if spotted and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, call 911 immediately.
A press release is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday.
This is a developing story. We’ll update this as we learn more.
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