4 dead, 1 critical after potential murder-suicide in Clermont County, sheriff says

Published: Feb. 27, 2023 at 2:13 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 27, 2023 at 2:21 PM EST
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OHIO TOWNSHIP (WXIX) - The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office says they are investigating four deaths in Ohio Township as a potential murder-suicide.

Uniformed deputy sheriffs responded to the 1100 block of Reibel Ridge around 9:40 a.m. to try to serve civil papers.

Chief Deputy Chris Stratton says while approaching the home, multiple gunshots were heard from inside.

Stratton says when attempts to contact the occupants were unsuccessful, the Sheriff’s Special Response Team went inside, where they found five gunshot victims in the home, four of whom were dead and one was alive.

The surviving victim was taken to UC Medical Center and is reportedly in critical condition, Stratton said.

The chief deputy adds that there were no signs of forced entry into the home, and the sheriff’s office is not searching for a suspect.

There do not appear to be any threats to the community at this time, Stratton says.

The sheriff’s office has requested the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations to assist with processing the scene.

Alicia Humphrey lives near the scene of Monday’s possible murder-suicide. She says what allegedly happened inside the home is shocking.

“It’s shocking,” says Humphrey. “This community, there are a lot of people who walk every day, that walk their dogs, that walk for exercise. We kind of know each other to some extent. The people at that house we didn’t know. Waved to them many times on the street as they went by in their vehicle, but it was just a shock.”

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