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Suspect named in two Butler County homicides

Published: Thursday, June 14, 2018 @ 9:55 AM

Deputies fired gunshots this morning after a suspect in a homicide shot at them from a house in the area of Dell Drive and First Street in Trenton, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the name of a suspect in the deaths of two women.

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Police say James Edward Geran, 45, the man who shot himself yesterday after a standoff in Trenton, is a suspect in two deaths. 

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Geran has not been charged, police told the Journal-News today.


The sheriff’s office said today it is investigating both deaths as homicides.

Police said they believe Geran killed a woman in her 20s inside a vehicle and then dumped her body late Tuesday night along Woodsdale Road in Madison Twp.

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Geran then allegedly killed an “elderly woman” during a hostage situation hours later Wednesday in a Trenton apartment on Sal Boulevard, according to the sheriff’s office.

Both women were fatally shot, according to police.

Police said they are processing three crime scenes: a stretch of road along Woodsdale Road; the Sal Boulevard apartment; and a car that was parked outside the Sal Boulevard apartment.

Geran was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown after police said he attempted suicide by placing a gun under his chin and firing once. He was then flown to a Dayton area hospital, where deputies are standing guard outside his hospital room, according to the sheriff’s office.

Police have not released the names of the two women killed.

Police said they are processing three crime scenes after a double homicide: a stretch of road along Woodsdale Road; the Sal Boulevard apartment; and a car that was parked outside the Sal Boulevard apartment.(NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)