Video shot by neighbor shows chaotic hostage situation in Butler County
BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - A hostage standoff that grew out of a murder investigation comes to a bloody and deadly end on Wednesday.
The Butler County Sheriff says a man who fired shots at deputies killed two women before turning the gun on himself.
This all started with a homicide in Madison Township. It led them to a suspect on Sal Boulevard. He had a gun and took hostages, then he allegedly took aim at Butler County Sheriff’s detectives. It ended with another woman dead and the gunman trying to take his own life.
Sal Boulevard in Trenton was lined with the flashing lights of police and sheriff’s cruisers. Earlier on Wednesday, the body of a woman was found near the sheriff’s department shooting range in Madison Township. They came here looking for a suspect.
The armed gunman had three hostages, one got away early on.
After hours of negotiations, the gunman came out with a hostage, whom he set free, but then he shot himself.
Later, the body of a hostage was found inside the apartment.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says the gunman opened fire on deputies and during that time some neighbors were evacuated, but others took shelter inside their homes.
A teenager Local 12 spoke with was by herself inside her home. When she heard gunfire, she hid in a room and heard someone pounding on the door and was afraid to answer. It turned out to be deputies trying to evacuate her to safety.
“They weren’t sure where I was. If we were safe because they had heard what was going on because I had no idea what was going on at first," said Madisyn. “We heard one shot and I saw someone run out of the house and then a bunch of SWAT or police run into the house and that was the only shot I heard.”
Other neighbors say it was a scary sight to see snipers in garages and on top of trash cans.
“I heard a shot, kind of like a paintball gun and a big thud against my house. I opened up the window and there were just cops scattered all over the streets and stuff like that," said Troy. “There was one set up right in front of the window in my living room and there was one right by the side of my house by the basketball court."
As of right now, the relationship of the women to the gunman is not known. So far, the names of the victims have not been released.
Sheriff’s officials say the gunman, who has not been identified, is being treated at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton for the self-inflicted gunshot wound.