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NEW DETAILS: Ohio County murder victim identified

Breaking: Ohio County Sheriff Searching for Wanted Murder Suspect

Ohio County, WV - UPDATE 2/15/18:

On February 8th, the Ohio County Sheriff's Office responded to an incident in which a male had been shot.

According to the Ohio County Sheriff's Office, the victim in a shooting has been identified as Kenneth Bernier, 63.

His cause of death has been reported as a homicide with multiple gunshot wounds. He was dead before deputies arrived.

Brian Calabrese, the shooting suspect that shot and killed Kenneth Bernier was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in Pennsylvania. A warrant had been obtained for Calabrese for first degree murder.

Calabrese was known to the victim, and this incident was reportedly not a random act of violence.

According to officials, there is no evidence of any other suspects. 

The investigation is being finalized by the Ohio County Sheriff's Office.

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UPDATE 11:06 a.m.

According to Sheriff Tom Howard, Brian Calabrese is confirmed to be dead.

Howard said Calabrese was located and positively identified by Pennsylvania State Police in Amwell Township, Pa. 

According to officials, Calabrese was found deceased in his vehicle from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Calabrese was a former resident of Ohio County, and was wanted as a suspect in a First Degree Murder in the Point Mills Road area.

Stay with 7News for updates.

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UPDATE: 8:30 a.m.

New information from Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard on murder investigation.

As of 8:30 a.m., the suspect is still on the loose. 

The victim in the murder is a male. But a name has not been confirmed.

According to Sheriff Howard this all started last night when Ohio County Officials were alerted by Washington County, PA officials that Calabres's wife told them her husband was "planning to do something" involving an ex.

Then a call reportedly came in from a man, who said he was the current boyfriend of Calabrese's ex stating he was worried something was going to happen.

While on their way to do the welfare check, deputies found out something did happen.

They arrived at the Point Mills Road home and found one person dead, and three other people in the home including a child.

 

 

The other three victims had no injuries but were taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

Sheriff Howard says a lot of evidence was taken from the scene and that deputies are still there.

The suspect is originally from the Ohio County area--and still has a driver's license with a Stone Church address but reportedly now lives in Washington County.

According to Sheriff Howard, Calabrese still has a lot of family in the area so could come back. 

But they've received no update on his location since early Friday morning when his cell phone was pinged on I-79 in Washington County.

Stay with 7News for updates on this developing story.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

According to the Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard, warrants have been obtained for a Brian Calabrese -  32 years old of Washington, PA.

He is a former resident of Ohio County.

He is wanted as a suspect in a 1st degree murder in the Point Mills Road area.

According to Sheriff Tom Howard were originally called to the area for a welfare check. The suspect arrived at the address around 9 p.m. Thursday night. 

Officials say one person is dead but they believe more than one person is involved and expect more warrants to be issued.

He was last known to be in the area of Pine Hill off of I-79 in Pennsylvania where his cellphone was pinged.

He is driving a dark gray Nissan with Pennsylvania Registration KKE-8970.

He is to be considered armed and Dangerous.

Anyone seeing him or knowing his location please contact your local authorities or Ohio County Sheriff’s Office at 304-234-3606.


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