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What did police find in Madison suspect's home?

Posted at 10:25 AM, Mar 08, 2016

MADISON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Investigators said they seized BB guns, ammo and knives from the home of a teen accused of opening fire with a .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun at Madison Jr./Sr. High School last week.

James Austin Hancock's home was searched Monday, Feb. 29 after the 14-year-old's father verbally consented permission to authorities, according to an affidavit obtained by WCPO. Hancock shot at and injured four students earlier that day, police said.

About 20 witnesses identified Hancock as the gunman in the Feb. 29 shooting at Madison Jr./Sr. High School, according to an affidavit signed by Detective Ryan Hensley of the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

The affidavit was part of paperwork submitted to Middletown Municipal Court Judge Mark Wall in order to obtain a search warrant for Hancock’s home in the 6600 block of Browns Run Road.

Hancock's two-story, single-family home, any land or structures attached to the home and any people or vehicles present were searched at 3:30 p.m. on that Monday.

Investigators searched and seized any and all items relating to or leading up to the shooting at Madison High School, the application and affidavit for search warrant states.

Items taken from the home included:

  • 4 BB containers various vendors
  • 1 red notebook
  • 3 pocket knives
  • 1 Apple smartphone with orange-blue cover
  • 1 computer tablet with black case
  • 1 BB gun with magazine
  • 2 black BB magazines
  • 1 S/W knife
  • 1 white Emerson stylus
  • 1 black iPad (on floor of master room)
  • 1 silver Mac book pro-Apple (master room)