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1 dead after hostage situation in Butler County (with updates)

By Denise Callahan & Rick McCrabb • Updated Jun 13, 2018 at 5:32 PM

BUTLER COUNTY (TNS) — UPDATE @ 2:15 p.m. today

Negotiators with the Butler County Sheriff's Office were able to talk a man out of a Trenton home after he shot out its windows, according to Sheriff Richard Jones.

Once outside, the man released one hostage, a woman, Jones said.

It was then that the man attempted to commit suicide by pointing a handgun under his chin and firing, according to Jones.

The man was still alive when he was transported to a local hospital, Jones said.

UPDATE @ 12:23 p.m.:

An “elderly woman” was killed inside a Trenton home this afternoon during a hostage situation, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

A man, who tried to commit suicide, is in custody and has been transported to a local hospital, Jones said.

When deputies entered the home, the man was alive and pointed a handgun under his chin and fired at least once, according to Jones.

Jones did not elaborate on the extent of the man’s injuries, nor did he release the connection among the man and at least two female hostages in the home.

One woman was able to escape the home, according to Jones.

UPDATE @ 12:10 p.m.:

A Trenton ambulance with lights activated has left the area, and is being closely followed by a sheriff's cruiser.

Police officials at the scene said the hostage situation is over.

UPDATE @ 11:20 a.m.:

Deputies fired gunshots this morning after a suspect in a homicide shot at them from a house in the area of Dell Drive and First Street in Trenton, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

Deputies went to the home in search of a suspect from an overnight homicide in Madison Township, he said. When deputies knocked on the home’s door, the suspect started shooting at them, according to Jones.

“Several rounds” were fired, he said.

There is at least one hostage inside the house, according to Jones, and deputies are negotiating with the suspect.

The suspect has shot out the windows out of the house.

No deputies were injured, and there is no word on the suspect's condition, according to Jones.

Trenton police and state highway patrol are also on the scene.

UPDATE @ 11:05 a.m.:

Crews on the scene report that sheriff's deputies have Sal Boulevard blocked. Several neighbors are standing outside their homes.

The sheriff's office is planning to give an update soon and we will bring you that information.

Initial report:

The Butler County Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies are responding to shots fired near Trenton that might be connected to a possible homicide overnight.

Butler County Sheriff's Chief Tony Dwyer said he and others are responding now to shots being fired on Sal Boulevard in Trenton. He said they are treating a body found nearby overnight as a homicide.


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