The FBI is involved in a multi-state manhunt for a man charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of four people in Ohio.
The FBI has issued a wanted poster for Stephen Marlow, 39, who they say should be considered “armed and dangerous”. He has ties to Indianapolis, Chicago and Lexington, Kentucky, and “could be in one of these cities,” FBI Cincinnati said on Twitter.
Marlow is wanted in connection with the deaths of four people in Butler Township, a small town north of Dayton on Friday, police said.
Police responding to reports of gunfire shortly before noon found the four victims with gunshot wounds at “multiple crime scenes” in a residential area, Butler Township Police said.
The four victims were pronounced dead at the scene. They have not been identified by the police.
Marlow was charged Friday with four counts of aggravated murder and a state warrant was issued for his arrest, according to the FBI. A federal arrest warrant was also issued Saturday after he was charged with “unlawful flight to avoid prosecution,” the FBI said.
Butler Township Police Chief John Porter said they do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the area, but “we will continue to have crews in the area in case Marlow returns,” he told reporters on Friday. The Dayton Police 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 in the process of determining “whether there was a motive for this terrible tragedy” and had no further information about the investigation.
“This is the first violent crime in this neighborhood in recent times,” Porter said.
Marlow allegedly fled the area in a white 2007 Ford Edge SUV with the Ohio license plate JES9806, police said.
He was described by police as about six feet tall, with short brown hair and was last seen wearing shorts and a yellow T-shirt.
Matt Foster of TSTIME News contributed to this report.