The FBI is involved in a multi-state manhunt for a person of interest wanted in the fatal shooting of four people in Ohio.
Person of interest, identified by police as Stephen Marlow, 39, is to be considered ‘armed and dangerous’, FBI Cincinnati said on Twitter. He has ties to Indianapolis, Chicago and Lexington, Kentucky, and “could be in any of those cities,” FBI Cincinnati said.
Marlow is wanted Friday in connection with the shooting deaths of four people in Butler Township, a small town north of Dayton, police said.
Police responding to reports of gunshots shortly before noon found the four victims with gunshot wounds at “several crime scenes” in a residential area, the Butler Township Police Department said.
All four victims were pronounced dead at the scene. They have not been identified by the police.
Butler Township Police Chief John Porter said they don’t believe there is an ongoing threat to the neighborhood, but “we will continue to have teams in the area in case Marlow returns”, he told reporters on Friday. The Dayton Police Department’s bomb squad was also contacted “out of an abundance of caution,” he said.
Neighbors were asked to review any video camera footage from that day.
Porter said police were working to determine “if there was a motive for this horrific tragedy” and had no further information about the investigation.
“This is the first violent crime in this neighborhood in recent memory,” Porter said.
Marlow is believed to have fled the area in a white 2007 Ford Edge SUV with Ohio license plate JES9806, police said.
He was described by police as around 5ft 11in tall and weighing 160lbs with short brown hair and was last seen wearing shorts and a yellow t-shirt.