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18-year-old dead, 2 teens injured in Cheviot shooting

Third victim's location unknown
Cheviot Triple Shooting
Posted at 6:14 AM, Jun 15, 2022

CHEVIOT, Ohio — An 18-year-old is dead and two other teens are injured following an early Wednesday morning shooting in Cheviot, police said.

The shooting took place at 3746 Dina Ave. around 3:19 a.m. According to investigators, Terrell Merrill was found dead in the upstairs of the house. The 17-year-old was taken to the hospital and later released. Police are still searching for a third teen who was in the house.

In a press release, Cheviot police said the 17-year-old told officers on the scene that Merrill had shot him and then possibly shot himself.

Cheviot Police Chief Emmett Stone said early Wednesday morning after the shooting that he believed a child was accidentally shot, and an adult took their own life. Shortly before noon police said that is no longer the case. They are now investigating this shooting as a criminal investigation.

The father of the third juvenile is cooperating with police, investigators said. The father claims his son was shot but his whereabouts and condition is unknown.

Animal control removed two dogs from the home, and another large pit bull in a cage is still in the home, which is slowing the police investigation, Stone said.

Stone said police are familiar with the house because it was donated to a Cheviot family by former Bengals player Darqueze Dennard through his Dennard Difference Foundation Home Project. For this reason, Stone said police are securing a search warrant before moving forward in their investigation.

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