Man accused of killing young boy; three adults captured after urgent manhunt

iStock/Thinkstock(IRONTON, Ohio) — A 23-year-old man accused of killing an 8-year-old boy and three adults in southern Ohio is in custody following an urgent manhunt, the Lawrence County sheriff announced Friday.

Aaron Lawson was captured after spending more than 24 hours at large.

He was wanted for the fatal shootings of three adults who were found dead in a house trailer Wednesday evening, as well as a young boy who was also shot dead and apparently hidden in the home, according to reports. The boy was initially thought to be missing after police discovered the bodies of the three adults, authorities said. His body was not found until Thursday.

Lawson is allegedly a relative of the victims, Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said at a news conference on Friday.

A fourth adult was also stabbed at the home and was hospitalized for treatment, officials said.

Lawless said the suspect was captured after a local resident saw him walking along a road and notified the sheriff’s office. Officers working the area quickly intercepted him without incident, Lawless said.

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