‘Armed and dangerous’ suspect sought after double homicide


By Anthony Conchel - aconchel@aimmediamidwest.com



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MOUNT GILEAD — The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double homicide that occurred early Monday morning and is searching for a suspect.

“We are attempting to locate Brian Lee. If you see Brian or know his whereabouts please call 911. Do not approach, as he is considered armed and dangerous,” according to a Facebook post by Sheriff John Hinton.

The shootings occurred at approximately 4:25 a.m. in Harmony Township. Hinton said the deceased are a male and a female. Two other people were injured in the shootings. Names of the victims are not being released at this time.

“The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office is attempting to locate Lee for questioning in this matter. Lee was allegedly last seen in Columbus,” Hinton said late Monday afternoon.

Lee is balding and has several facial tattoos.

The Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team arrested Lee on Nov. 25, 2020, in Marengo, with the assistance of the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office.

He was wanted by the Columbus Police Department on a warrant issued on Nov. 14, 2020, from the Franklin County Municipal Court charging Lee with felonious assault, domestic violence, assault, aggravated menacing, and domestic violence/threats. These charges stem from an alleged firearm assault in the Columbus area.

Cardington-Lincoln Schools, as a precaution, went into lockdown Monday morning. Superintendent Brian Petrie issued this statement via social media:

“Due to a law enforcement situation at the east end of the district (area of CR 25, 26, TWP 232. The High School will be on modified lockdown until further notice. Elementary and Middle Schools are closed. More updates to come.”

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By Anthony Conchel

aconchel@aimmediamidwest.com