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Police: 3 killed in Ohio murder-suicide

3:23 PM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
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LANCASTER, Ohio -- Authorities in central Ohio say three people - including an off-duty police officer - were killed in a murder-suicide shooting overnight.

Police in Lancaster, southeast of Columbus, said in a statement that 38-year-old Stephanie Adams and 56-year-old Randy Bartow were found inside the woman's home early Tuesday and pronounced dead at the scene.

Lancaster police Chief Dave Bailey said authorities believe 40-year-old Kevin Adams fired the shots. He was found alive but died shortly afterward at a hospital. All are believed to have died from gunshots.

Police say Kevin and Stephanie Adams were granted a divorce in May. Bailey said Bartow, who lived in nearby Logan, was an off-duty Lancaster police officer. He said Bartow had been on the force since 1993 and was "a very popular and successful officer."

The Associated Press

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