3 shot dead in Pa., girl taken to Ohio
Police say Kevin Matthew Cleeves, 35, shot and killed three people in Quincy, Pa., following a dispute with his wife over custody arrangements for his four-year-old daughter. / WKBN
(AP) QUINCY, Pa. - A man in south-central Pennsylvania confronting his wife about custody arrangements for their daughter shot to death three people, then fled with the 4-year-old girl before the two were found about 250 miles away in Ohio, authorities said Saturday.
Kevin Matthew Cleeves was trying to contact his wife Friday to make arrangements to pick up his daughter Leia, but she didn't answer the phone, so he went to a home in Quincy Township, the (Waynesboro) Record-Herald reported, citing court records.
Police said Cleeves, 35, found a woman and man sitting in a car and began arguing with them, then was ordered to leave.
He then shot to death both of them as well as another woman and also took the girl, authorities alleged.
An Amber Alert was issued Friday night but was canceled hours later after the pair were found in Austintown in northeastern Ohio, outside Youngstown.
Cleeves was arrested in the three deaths Friday night in Quincy Township, Pennsylvania state police Trooper Adam Reed said.
Authorities had said earlier that Cleeves should be considered "armed and dangerous as well as suicidal."
Cleeves was charged with three counts of criminal homicide Saturday, according to court records.
Reed would not give other information about the deaths, including the names of the victims and their relationship to Cleeves, but said more details would be released later Saturday. Court records did not list an attorney for Cleeves.
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