Man kills ex-wife, girlfriend, self on CLE's west side

CLEVELAND -- Three people died on the city's west side in what police described as a domestic related murder/suicide.

According to Cleveland police, 48-year-old Magnus Dotson shot and killed two women before killing himself in the 7000 block of Memphis Avenue.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has identified one of the dead as Dotson's girlfriend, 19-year-old Amanda L. House, of Cleveland, who had been living with him at the time.

Two houses down, officials found a 47-year-old woman, Dotson's ex-wife, dead inside a home at 7002 Memphis Ave.

Kayla Taylor, a family friend, identified her as Kim Dotson.

"She was a sweetheart," Taylor said. "Always has been. I've known her for a couple of months now and it's scary to hear about this."

She said the former couple had a daughter together.

Police say Dotson was found dead inside an SUV in a driveway at 7010 Memphis Ave with a "self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."

911 audio from the incident was released early Tuesday morning. It takes nearly two minutes to pinpoint the correct dispatch center as the incident happened on the Cleveland / Brooklyn border. You can listen to the 911 call in the player below.

911 caller: "I need police. I'm on the corner of Memphis Avenue and Ridge Road at the Shell gas station. My brother lives a few houses down, but I'm not sure what the address is. And I got a very very troubling phone call."

Police: "What was the phone call about?"

911 caller: "According to him, there's been a double homicide. I'm with my sister. I'm with my wife. I don't want to go into my brother's house and find what he just explained to me. OK? I need the police here. I cannot enter into my brother's."

The 911 caller identifies Dotson as his brother.

An attendant at that nearby Shell gas station tells WKYC that a woman came up and said she received a call from her brother that he killed his wife and was going to kill himself. The attendant said the woman appeared to be shaken up.

Memphis Avenue was temporarily closed between Ridge Road and Newberry Drive as police investigated.

Dotson's brother told police that House might have been considering ending the relationship. Police are not commenting on possible motive.


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