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Springboro teen’s death under investigation

Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 9:47 AM
Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 @ 12:54 PM


            Residents rattled by SWAT response in Springboro neighborhood
Residents rattled by SWAT response in Springboro neighborhood

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.

Police and the Warren County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of a 15-year-old Springboro High School student who played football, according to Springboro Police Chief Jeffrey Kruithoff.

The student, a sophomore, showed up at school this morning, but left abruptly and was visibly upset, Kruithoff said.

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Police continue to investigate as it’s not clear what caused the student to become upset.

Police responded after receiving the 9-1-1 call about a suicide threat.

SWAT officers were called to the home because the home was known to have guns, Kruithoff said.

The teen lived there with his grandparents. Kruithoff and neighbors said the teen’s mother died not long ago.

The teen’s death remains under investigation.

Students at the high school were notified of their classmate’s death by a school official.

The district released a statement on the incident through social media and the district’s website.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. The loss of a student is difficult for all of us, particularly at this time of year. We will be speaking with our high school staff and students this afternoon. School counselors currently are available to our high school students, and they will remain at SHS after dismissal this afternoon.

Please be sensitive to our students, families, and community as this news is shared.”

UPDATE @ 11:22 a.m.

A coroner’s investigator has arrived at the home in the 200 block of West Market Street.

Officers initially responded to the address because of a suicide threat, according to the Springboro emergency dispatch center.

UPDATE @ 10:50 a.m.

West Market Street is now open as Springboro police put up crime scene tape around the home where SWAT officers were armed and prepared to enter only moments earlier.

UPDATE @ 10:30 a.m.

SWAT officers have cleared the scene, but police remain at the home and no one has come out.

A Clearcreek Twp. police cruiser continued to block traffic on West Market after SWAT vehicles left the scene.

UPDATE @ 10:04 a.m.

Armed SWAT officers have surrounded a house in the 200 block of West Market Street.

Police are using a megaphone to communicate with someone inside the home, a brick ranch-style home.

Police are calling out to the person to come out of the house or SWAT officers are going in.

A neighbor tells us she came home after taking her children to school and saw several police cruisers speeding to the scene on the typically quiet, residential road.

A life squad also responded and was used to block traffic at Carey Drive and West Market.

The woman said a short time later she went inside her home and looked outside after hearing more activity, seeing SWAT officers getting gear on.

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SWAT officers have responded to a home on West Market Street in Springboro.

A Springboro dispatcher said officers responded to the location after the dispatch center received a call about a man threatening suicide.

We have a photographer at the scene and we’ll bring updates as more information becomes available.