A suspect in the shooting deaths of four people at multiple sites outside Dayton, Ohio, has been arrested, police said.
Stephen Marlow was taken into custody Saturday night by police in Lawrence, Kansas, Butler Township Police Chief John Porter said at a news conference. marlow was wanted in connection with Friday’s shooting in Butler Township, a small town north of Dayton.
The arrest comes a day after the victims were found at multiple crime scenes. The motive for the shooting is still unclear.
Lawrence police “had reason to believe” Marlow was in their town and launched a citywide search for the suspect, the Lawrence Police Department said in a statement. A declaration.
A Lawrence police officer called additional personnel after noticing a vehicle matching the description of the car the suspect was believed to be driving, the statement said. As officers were on their way, the vehicle turned into a parking lot and Marlow got out, Lawrence police said. After he got out of the car, police arrested him, the statement said.
Authorities had described Marlow as likely armed and dangerous.
“Stephen Marlow remains the prime suspect,” Butler Township police said in a Facebook statement Saturday. “We have no current information to lead us to believe that others were involved in these horrific acts.”
“After the shooting, it appears Stephen Marlow turned onto Interstate 70 and headed west,” the statement added, noting that they believed he had left Ohio. Law enforcement agencies in several states have been notified and are on high alert. »
Butler Township is approximately 640 miles from Lawrence, Kansas.
Police responded to a report of gunshots just before noon Friday, Porter said, and all four victims died at the scene.
“This is the first violent crime in this neighborhood in recent memory,” Porter said. “We are working to determine if there was a motive for this horrific tragedy or if mental illness played a role.”
Wendy Chapman, a neighbor of one victim, told CNN affiliate WKEF that the neighborhood is a quiet place.
“I would never have, even in this neighborhood, I would never expect anything, ever,” Chapman told the Dayton station.
Butler Township is a town of just under 8,000 about nine miles north of Dayton.
In nearby Vandalia, authorities increased the number of officers on patrol after the shooting, Mayor Richard Herbst said in a Facebook post. The city also canceled outdoor activities and closed recreation facilities “as a precaution,” the mayor said, noting there were no “specific threats to city facilities.”