Suspect in deadly gas station shooting, cross-county chase identified

The suspect died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound
Adams County Sheriff’s Office officials say the shooting happened at the Marathon gas station...
Adams County Sheriff’s Office officials say the shooting happened at the Marathon gas station on the corner of State Route 32 and Main Street Friday morning.(FOX19)
Updated: Sep. 27, 2019 at 8:16 PM EDT
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SEAMAN, Ohio (FOX19) - Three people have died, including the gunman, following a cross-county crime spree and chase.

A shooting at an Adams County gas station started the pursuit.

The suspect was identified as Brandon Carter, 44, of Seaman.

Adams County Sheriff’s Office officials say the shooting happened at the Marathon gas station on the corner of State Route 32 and Main Street Friday morning.

Police say Carter attempted to abduct a female clerk from the gas station and during the criminal act, a delivery truck driver was shot and killed.

“She put up a pretty good fight and got away from him which should be a lesson to anyone, you know, if she would have just got in that truck and rode off with him, I don’t know what the result would have been," Sheriff Kimmy Rogers said.

Adams County Sheriff Kimmy Rogers says the clerk was also shot and taken to a Cincinnati hospital where she is currently still alive.

He says he spoke her to father recently who told him she was doing ‘good.’

Rogers says he received a call at 7:39 a.m. that there was a robbery with a person dead at the Marathon reported to police.

Shortly after, Carter also conducted a robbery at the 1st Stop Gas Station in Seaman.

Officials placed local schools on lockdown while they searched for the shooter.

Adams County Ohio Valley Superintendent Richard Seas says he is ‘proud’ of the way his employees handled Friday morning’s ‘tragic’ event.

He says originally, North Adams High School was the main school affected by the shooting and search for the suspect due to its close location to the first scene at the gas station.

Seas says the district has three ‘attendance areas’ which all were eventually affected by the shooting, search, and chase.

The schools went into what he called a ‘secure lockdown,' where they bring all students, staff, and teachers inside and no one is allowed inside and no one is allowed to leave.

He said they received the call to go on lockdown around 7:30 a.m., which was difficult because that is around the time many students are arriving.

Seas says he was told by his employees some of the students at North Adams High School witnessed the scene at the gas station as they made their way to school. Because of this, principal Dr. Linda Naylor and assistant principal Frankie Stevens held a ‘debriefing’ in the school’s ‘round room’ where they talked openly about what happened and what they knew.

He says Naylor also summoned counselors and pastors to the school as needed for students who required a little extra help dealing with what they’d seen that morning.

The superintendent says he’s ‘very, very happy’ with how well the lockdown procedure worked at his schools.

He says this is why they frequently practice drills such as this.

Seas says when you run safety drills, you can’t plan for the ordinary, you have to be prepared for the real thing.

Witnesses say the shooting suspect crashed on State Route 32 between Darst Road and Coal Dock...
Witnesses say the shooting suspect crashed on State Route 32 between Darst Road and Coal Dock Road in Pike County.(FOX19)

The sheriff’s department confirmed that the search for the suspect ended in a chase that went into Pike County on State Route 32 past Piketon.

Adams County Sgt. Randy Walters says the suspect crashed two miles past Germany Road on State Route 32.

Carter was pronounced dead, he confirms.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Craig Cvetan says at 7:47 a.m., a trooper from the Georgetown Post along with an Adam’s County Sheriff’s Deputy tried to stop a 1999 Green Dodge Dakota on State Route 73 at Portsmouth Road in Adams County.

He says troopers were told this was the vehicle involved in the gas station shooting and ‘several incidents’ in the village of Seaman.

Carter did not stop and a chase ensued, Cvetan says. It continued east on State Route 32 into Pike County where stop sticks were used.

The chase came to an end at 8:09 a.m. near milepost 21 in Beaver Township when Carter’s vehicle swerved hard to the left across the median into the westbound lanes.

Lt. Cvetan says Carter shot himself while driving, which caused his car to cross the median on State Route 32 and crash.

He died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Walters says officials were working four separate scenes in connection with the deadly shooting: both gas stations, the area where Carter crashed and died, and his home.

Chief Deputy Randy Walters says officials are investigating three scenes related to the...
Chief Deputy Randy Walters says officials are investigating three scenes related to the shooting: the gas station, the crash sight where the suspect died, and the suspect's house which was on fire.(FOX19)
Chief Deputy Randy Walters says officials are investigating three scenes related to the...
Chief Deputy Randy Walters says officials are investigating three scenes related to the shooting: the gas station, the crash sight where the suspect died, and the suspect's house which was on fire.(FOX19)

Fire crews recovered remains from the suspect’s home that was set on fire on Ohio 770.

Officials have not yet said how the fire connects to the rest of the investigation.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is currently investigating the arson and human remains.

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