Butler Township, Ohio, homicide: 4 dead at multiple scenes, police search for man believed to be armed and dangerous

Written by Javed Iqbal


Four people were killed Friday in multiple shootings in a small Ohio town just north of Dayton, and police are looking for a man who may be connected to the shootings.

Stephen Marlow, a “person of interest,” is likely armed and dangerous, Butler Township Police Chief John Porter said at a media briefing.

Police said they are looking for Stephen Marlow, who was named by the Butler Township police chief as one

In a statement Saturday, Porter said authorities are being assisted in the search by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the ATF.

Information indicates Marlow may have fled outside of Ohio, the affidavit said.

The FBI said he has ties to Lexington, Kentucky, Indianapolis and Chicago and may be in one of those cities.

Porter said Marlow was 5’11” and about 160 pounds with brown hair. Authorities believe Marlow, 39, was wearing shorts and a yellow T-shirt and fled in a white 2007 Ford Edge.

Authorities have asked anyone with information to contact the FBI. They said Marlow was not to be contacted.

Police responded to a report of shots fired just before noon Friday, Porter said, and the four victims died at the scenes.

“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.”

Stephen Marlow was driving this white Ford Edge, police said.

Wendy Chapman, a neighbor of one victim, said CNN affiliate WKEF the neighborhood is a quiet place.

“I would never have, even in this neighborhood, I would never expect anything, never,” Chapman told the Dayton station.

Police do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the neighborhood, but have deployed additional crews and the Dayton Police Bomb Squad out of an abundance of caution, Porter said.

Porter said people should call police if they have information about Marlow’s whereabouts or see the Ford Edge.

Butler Township is a town of just under 8,000 residents about 9 miles north of Dayton.

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