4 people shot, killed in Butler Township. piece; Police are looking for a person of interest
BUTLER TWP. – Four people are dead and police are looking for a 39-year-old man they identified as a person of interest after shooting in Butler Township. Friday.
Police were dispatched to Hardwicke Place and Haverstraw Avenue just before noon following reports of gunshots, Butler Township Police Chief John Porter said Friday afternoon. Police found several crime scenes and four people who had been shot. They were all pronounced dead at the scene, Porter said.
It is currently unknown if anyone else was injured in the shooting.
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Porter identified Stephen Marlow, 39, as a person of interest in the shooting. Marlow was described at 5ft 11in and 160lbs. He has short brown hair and was last seen wearing shorts and a yellow t-shirt.
Marlow 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 man who spoke to our news team identified himself as the father and grandfather of two people who were killed in the incident on Hardwicke Place. The man said he learned his daughter and 15-year-old granddaughter had both died.
Don McGuire has lived in the neighborhood for over two decades.
McGuire said three weeks ago that his wife met Stephen Marlow. The McGuires live a stone’s throw from the Marlows.
“She asked him if he felt okay because he didn’t look like he was. He had a weird look on his face that scared her,” Don recalled.
McGuire’s wife spoke to Marlow’s mother about the interaction.
“His mom told him that basically they knew he had a mental illness, but they weren’t going to incarcerate him,” Don said.
Our teams on site reported that investigators had blocked off two houses on Hardwicke Place with police tape. A third house on Haverstraw Avenue was also blocked off and investigators were seen entering the house.
The victims of the shooting have not yet been identified by the police.
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The Dayton Bomb Squad was called to the scene “out of an abundance of caution,” according to Porter. Our team on scene took a photo of a man wearing an FBI tactical vest. News Center 7 has contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to confirm their involvement in the investigation. We are waiting for an answer.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., our teams at the scene reported that the crime scene tape had been removed from the area and teams were beginning to clean up.
This is a developing story. We’ll update this as we learn more.
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