Authorities Identify Four People Found Dead In West Jefferson

May 25, 2021

A vehicle is shown at the scene of a shooting on Monday night in West Jefferson, Ohio, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Police say four bodies were found inside and outside a home after a shooting on a dead-end street in central Ohio, about 20 miles west of Columbus.
Credit Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch via AP

The bodies of three men and a woman were found after a shooting at a home on a dead-end street in central Ohio, police said.

Officers responded to the scene around 5:30 p.m. Monday after a passerby called 911, police said. One man was found Monday just outside the door, and the others were inside the residence in the village of West Jefferson, roughly 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of downtown Columbus, West Jefferson police confirmed Tuesday.

A man who lived at the property, 45-year-old Andrew Thomas Swindall, was among the dead, according to police. They identified the others as 45-year-old Shawn A. Wright and 38-year-old Leon Billy Daniels, both of London, and 30-year-old Jamie Danielle Lavender, of Springfield.

Investigators don’t know what prompted the shooting, West Jefferson Police Chief Christopher Floyd told reporters.

“Something brought somebody to a dead-end street,” Floyd said.

Police said they had no information about any suspects as of Tuesday afternoon. It’s unclear whether there were any survivors or witnesses, and Floyd did not answer that question when asked Tuesday.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Madison County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with the investigation, police said.