Authorities identified the two victims as 53-year-old Barry Killeen and his wife, 46-year-old Stephanie.
Each reportedly died of a gunshot wound.
Authorities say this was not the first time the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department dealt with Barry Killeen and his weapons.
On November 28, officers spent most of the day outside Killeen’s house, trying to negotiate with him, using a loudspeaker.
“He (Barry Killeen) was by himself, barricaded, making threats to officers and about himself,” said Chief Deputy James Zusack. “During that incident, we made contact with him eventually and took him into custody. We sent him away to get help.”
Killeen was sent to Belmont Community Hospital’s mental health unit.
But under Ohio law, a patient can check himself out after 72 hours.
Officers had confiscated all his guns, but since then, he apparently got another gun.
“He apparently got out from getting help and it’s probably easy to get hold of another weapon,” Zusack noted.
On New Year’s Day, Killeen’s daughter called 911.
She said her father had called her, saying he’d shot her mother.
“So we went to the residence on Garrett Hill Road with our road units initially then followed up by our Special Operations Branch (SOB Team) once we had enough people to make a safe entry,” said Zusack. “Our armored vehicle with our SOB team members was approaching the house, and you could hear a gunshot go off. Entry was made, and two bodies were found.”
He says there’s one thing you can take away from such a tragedy.
“If you see somebody having problems or making threats, obviously, report it,” advised Zusack. “You have to take it serious.”
He said his officers worked hard and did the right thing on both occasions.
The first time, they were successful; the second time, it was too late.
“It’s a tragic situation and something that we have to deal with,” he concluded. “The family is in our thoughts. The ending was not the way we wanted it to go. But sometimes that happens.”
Quaker Steak and Lube is holding a Dine to Donate to benefit the Killeen family with funeral expenses, where 15 percent of sales will be donated to the family from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, January 14th.
You can find out more by searching for Dine to Donate for the Killeen Family on Facebook.