FAIRFIELD, Ohio (WKRC) - Fairfield Police say an officer shot a man to stop him from stabbing a woman at a condo complex. Both the man and the woman are dead, according to Chief Stephen Maynard.
A police officer responding to a call for help walks into an incredibly violent scene in a local home.
Police still had Gelhot Drive closed off while crime scene investigators continue their work on Friday evening. The quiet condominium complex stunned after police shot and killed a man whom they say was killing a woman.
Neighbors in the Fairfield condominium complex woke up on Friday to a crime scene, right outside their doors.
Police received a 911 call just before 6 a.m. Friday morning. The caller was screaming and could not be understood, but at one point it was clear she was crying for help.
When officers arrived, they forced their way inside the unit and the bathroom where the found a man stabbing a woman. Police opened fire.
Fairfield Police Chief Steve Maynard says the suspect died at the scene. The woman died later at Mercy Fairfield Hospital.
Saundra Willis lives in a building next to where the violence occurred. The crime scene tape and police cruisers are a rare sight in her complex, she says.
Since this was an officer-involved shooting, police have turned the case over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave pending that investigation.
Fairfield Police have not yet released the names of the two people killed, nor have they explained their relationship.
The chief says there is body cam footage of what happened but it will not be released until BCI completes its investigation.
Officer Brian Carnes, who fired the fatal shots, has been with the Fairfield Police Department the past three years. His personnel file shows he received high marks in his review by supervisors, exceeding expectations in several categories.
That review described him as an "asset" to the department