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Sheriff: Murder suspect kills 2 before turning gun on himself in standoff

The Butler County Sheriff's Office is on scene a SWAT situation and homicide suspect shooting at police on Sal Boulevard in Trenton. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Woeste) The Butler County Sheriff's Office is on scene a SWAT situation and homicide suspect shooting at police on Sal Boulevard in Trenton. (FOX19 NOW/Mike Woeste)
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones holds a news conference after a SWAT standoff ended on Sal Boulevard in Trenton on Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW) Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones holds a news conference after a SWAT standoff ended on Sal Boulevard in Trenton on Wednesday. (FOX19 NOW)
TRENTON, OH (FOX19) -

A gunman killed two women before turning the gun on himself as a SWAT standoff ended in Butler County Wednesday, Sheriff Richard Jones said.

The suspect told a SWAT negotiator he was going to smoke a cigarette and then surrender and release one of two women he had been holding against their will inside an apartment on Sal Boulevard in Trenton about 11:45 a.m., the sheriff said.

"He said he was coming out peacefully, but we did not believe that. When he came out, the lady ran out. We grabbed her and then he came out and stuck the gun under his chin and that was it.

"Then we went in the house to clear it and make sure we didn't see any booby traps and we found a lady who was shot. She was dead."

The suspect was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown and then transferred to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

His condition was not immediately available, but he was talking, Jones said.

"He put the gun under his chin. Most of the time you die from that, but I don't know what the outcome of this will be," the sheriff said.

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Deputies had arrived at the apartment a few hours earlier, about 9:45 a.m., because they wanted to talk to the man about a woman killed in an apparent shooting overnight.

Her body was found with at least one gunshot wound off Woodsdale Road in Madison Township about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jones said. A woman and her husband spotted the body and called 911.

"My husband said it looks like she got hit by a car -- like she's got a broken neck. No shoes at all," the woman told a dispatcher, according to a recording of the call.

Jones would not say what led authorities to the gunman's location at the apartment. 

But when deputies knocked on the door, the man responded by firing at them out the windows, according to the sheriff.  The suspect was armed with a handgun and rifle and fired multiple rounds at deputies, shooting out the windows.

One deputy returned fire, Jones said. No one inside the apartment was hurt at that point.

In all, the gunman had three hostages but one managed to escape early on, according to Jones.

The deputy who fired back was just "trying to stay alive," the sheriff said.

This is the second standoff in five months in which a gunman with at least one hostage fired multiple rounds at Jones' deputies.

In January, the sheriff's office and their SWAT team were on what turned into a more than 30-hour standoff with a suspect holding a 10-year-old boy hostage in Liberty Township. 

Sheriff: Standoff suspect used child hostage as human shield

In that case, deputies did not return fire for fear of the boy being harmed and patiently waited the suspect out  until he surrendered peacefully. The boy was not physically hurt.

But in this case, the sheriff said, the gunman was firing on them at very close range, and the deputy felt he had to fire back in self-defense.

"When someone shoots at you in that close proximity, you retreat and try to save your life," he said. "Most SWAT situations you see in other areas, they do not shoot at the police. But this is our second one in a short time."These are bad times and people aren't afraid to shoot at the police."

When deputies went there, they were not necessarily planning to arrest the man, Jones said. They did not have an arrest warrant and only planned to question him.

Now they are collecting evidence at three crime scenes: the apartment, a car parked outside that may be the kill site of the woman found dead in Madison Township or how he allegedly moved her body after shooting her and the area where her body was "dumped" off Woodsdale Road, the sheriff said.

"We have three crime scenes we know of and there may be more. We have multiple shootings, multiples crime scenes and this is evolving as we speak and it's all hands on deck."

The sheriff said the names of the victims and the gunman will be released shortly, but they still were not as of early Thursday.ld

The deputy who fired back at the gunman Wednesday was "trying to stay alive," the sheriff said.

"When someone shoots at you in that close proximity, you retreat and try to save your life," he said. "Most SWAT situations you see in other areas, they do not shoot at the police. But this is our second one in a short time."These are bad times and people aren't afraid to shoot at the police."

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