BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio — A suspect in a double murder in Vienna, West Virginia, on Friday afternoon was found dead inside a motel room in Bellefontaine, Ohio, early Saturday, officials say.
The U.S. Marshals Service and members of their Task Force contacted the Bellefontaine Police Department just before midnight Friday about a homicide suspect who was possibly in the Bellefontaine area, according to WHIO.
The suspect was believed to have killed two people in Wood County, West Virginia. According to the news outlet, they left the area in a stolen car. The U.S. Marshals Service was able to track down the vehicle at the Comfort Inn on Northview Drive.
The U.S. Marshals Service and their Task Force and the Bellefontaine Police Special Response Team worked to secure the motel as well as evacuate rooms by the alleged suspect’s room, according to WHIO.
Officers attempted to speak with the suspect when a single gunshot was heard from inside the room. Eventually, officers entered the room and found the suspect dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to an update from the Vienna Police Department, the alleged shooter was identified as Stevie W. Roseberry, 46, of Belpre, Ohio.
The suspect was wanted in connection with a double murder in Vienna, West Virginia, Friday afternoon.
According to the Vienna Police Department, just before 5 p.m. officers were called to 1003 38th St. Two people were found dead with apparent gunshot wounds inside the house. A family member had found them and contacted the police.
Police identified the victims as Thomas J. Platt, 45, and Christy L. Roseberry, 43. Investigators were able to determine a suspect after obtaining a search warrant, speaking with witnesses and gathering other information.
“Vienna Police gathered information on the suspect and contacted surrounding law enforcement agencies to apprise them of the ongoing investigation and to be on the lookout. Vienna Police quickly received assistance from U.S. Marshals, who arrived at Vienna PD Headquarters and assisted with gathering information on the possible whereabouts of the suspect,” police said.
The Vienna Police Department confirmed that the suspect was found in Ohio just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.