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Homicide investigation leads LPD to Dayton, Ohio, suspect involved in SWAT standoff

CBS affiliate WHIO in Dayton is reporting that a suspect in the Lafayette homicide shot himself in the head to end a 9-hour SWAT standoff.

Posted: Apr 12, 2019 8:08 AM
Updated: Apr 12, 2019 3:35 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI/WHIO) — The investigation into a homicide and arson in Lafayette Sunday has led LPD to Dayton, Ohio. Police said investigators are working with Dayton Police as the investigation proceeds.

Through the ongoing investigation, Lafayette detectives were able to determine that Andrew Alcorns was a person of interest in the homicide investigation that occurred on April 7.

However, CBS affiliate WHIO in Dayton is reporting that a suspect in the Lafayette homicide shot himself in the head to end a 9-hour SWAT standoff Thursday. That's according to police Maj. Christopher Malson.

WHIO reports that Alcorns is in the Miami Valley Hospital. His condition is not known, Malson said.

Medics removed a man from an apartment building on Arnold Place late Thursday afternoon to end an hours long standoff. (Jim Noelker/ WHIO Staff)

A woman who was in the apartment building with the man was taken from the building and placed under arrest, WHIO reports. She has been taken to the Montgomery County (OH) Jail, but she is not believed to be connected with the homicide, Malson said. She is believed to have ties to the Dayton area. Malson did not release her name.

The standoff came to an end about 6:43 p.m. when medics entered the apartment building with wheeled stretcher in tow and came out with the man strapped to it.

As we previously reported, Lafayette police responded to a call that a man had been stabbed in the 800 Block of South 31st Street around 6 a.m. Sunday. The caller, identified as Thomas Day, told police he was stabbed and that the home was on fire. The Lafayette Fire Department found a person dead inside the home upon arrival. Coroner Donna Avolt identifed the body as Ronald L. Whiles. Preliminary results of his autopsy reveal Whiles died from multiple gunshot wounds

LPD said the suspect(s) should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with any information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200 or through the anonymous WeTIP hotline at 800-78-CRIME.

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