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What was reported on Tuesday October 23, 2016, in the small glass industrial town of Lancaster, Ohio, population 38,780, was in debate. According to police, a love triangle turned deadly.
As 911 dispatchers desperately tried to get an address, the tall slim Stephanie Adams screamed and begged her ex-husband, Kevin Adams, to stop pointing a gun at her. “Kevin, no, Kevin, no, Kevin, no,” she said. “Please don’t do this.”
The brawny tattooed Lancaster native did not listen. He responded by repeatedly calling the woman he vowed before God to love and honor obscene names. The last moments of their lives was recorded at 1:20 a.m. on Stephanie’s cell phone.
The recently divorced couple who were married for twenty-years was heard screaming and cursing at one another before a series of gunshots disrupted their argument. The line stayed open while the dispatcher yelled, “Hello, hello, hello? Ma’am?” According to call logs, Stephanie provided the street address, but not the house number.
The Lancaster Police Chief, when dispatchers, were unable to pinpoint an exact location, sent several units to the 100 block of Cleveland Avenue around 1:20 a.m. The first officer to arrive reported hearing a possible gunshot at 1:29 a.m. Another officer reported two more shots fired at 1:30 a.m., just as they entered the home. They were too late.
Inside the modest well-kept home, officers found a decorated off duty Lancaster police officer, fifty-six-year-old Randy Bartow of Logan, Ohio, deceased. Stoutly built and sporting glasses and mustache, Bartow was identified as Stephanie’s boyfriend and a twenty-five-year veteran of the Lancaster Police Department.
According to Randy’s “Remember Me,” face book account, within two hours of his learned death, over four-hundred people shared their memories of him.
Found beside one another in the next room, was a deceased Stephanie with Kevin clinging to life. He was transported to Fairfield Medical Center, where he died at 2:24 a.m.
A neighbor and family friend claimed Kevin typically carried a gun with him. The murder weapon according to one scene officer was a pistol; still in its owners hand.
The neighbor proceeded to tell authorities Kevin had received a call from his daughter, who was worried after not hearing from her mother after work. Kevin went to Stephanie’s home to check on her, but when he arrived, he found her with Bartow. The couple also had a grown son, and according to the neighbor, divorced in May 2014, but had been spending time together as a family.
According to court records, Kevin was previously convicted of illegally carrying a concealed weapon, inducing panic and resisting arrest in 2007, and received three years of probation.