Three shot dead in Pa.; girl taken, found safe in Ohio

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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 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 and another woman and 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, according to Pennsylvania state police Trooper Adam Reed. Police had said earlier that Cleeves should be considered "armed and dangerous as well as suicidal."

Court records Saturday did not list an attorney for Cleeves.

According to WKBN-TV, Austintown Police say the deceased are the 4-year-old's mother, her boyfriend and the boyfriend's mother.

Cell phone signal was tracked to the Austintown area where police found his vehicle at the Best Western and saw him walking over to a shopping plaza with Leia when he was arrested. Mr. Cleeves surrendered peacefully.

They believe he was on his way to Michigan where he has family.

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