Three Dead In Overnight Lancaster Murder-Suicide

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Associated Press

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Updated Tue, Oct 23, 2012 4:41 pm

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 Stephanie Adams, 38, and 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 Kevin Adams,40, 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."

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