Crime

Police: Man Who Was Shot, Killed By Victim May Be Connected To Unsolved Homicides

| by Jonathan Constante

Police in West Virginia are investigating whether an Oregon man who was shot and killed after allegedly attempting to murder an escort is connected to other unsolved murder cases.

Neal Falls, 45, met up with a woman in Charleston found through Backpage.com, KPTV reported. The site offers escort services, but the woman said the client had other ideas.

"I knew he was there to kill me," she told KPTV after being released from the hospital. "I could tell that he had already done something because he said that he was going to prison for a long time. And that's when I knew he was gonna [sic] kill me."

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Police said the woman, who wished not to be identified, was attacked by Falls. He allegedly strangled the woman, but she fought back. She grabbed a rake and when Falls put down his gun to wrestle the rake out of the woman’s hands, she grabbed the weapon and shot him twice.

The woman was treated for broken vertebrae and lacerations at a nearby hospital. Falls died from the gunshot wound. Police said the shooting was in self-defense.

Investigators found an array of weapons in the trunk of the suspect’s Subaru. In the trunk, Falls had several axes, a shovel, knives, a machete, bleach, a sledgehammer, a pair of dirty hiking boots, trash bags and cleaning supplies, the Daily Dot reported.

A list of names of future targets was also found in Falls’ pocket, all of whom were escorts advertised on Backpage. Police did not release the names on the list.

"We have been able to locate most of them and they were all on a website advertising for escort services," Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston police department told the Huffington Post. "The stuff that we found is so alarming that we want law enforcement across the country to be aware of it."

Cooper added that they are still investigating Falls. They know that he previously worked as a security guard in Oregon and suspect he has been “living “off the grid” out of his car.

Falls’ DNA is being entered into CODIS, the national law enforcement DNA database. Police suspect he may have been connected to the mysterious deaths and disappearances of at least six women in Chillicothe, Ohio. Four of those women were found dead and two are still missing, CNN reported.

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