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Suspect in Lexington death shoots himself in Dayton, Ohio

Kenyon Hipps
Kenyon Hipps

A suspect in the shooting death of a Lexington man shot and killed himself in Dayton, Ohio, authorities there said Wednesday.

Kenyon J. Hipps, 21, apparently committed suicide by shooting himself in the head, according to the Montgomery County, Ohio, coroner’s office. An autopsy was performed Wednesday in Dayton.

Hipps had been identified last week as a suspect in the Jan. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Caleb Hallett in Lexington.

Hallett was killed and another man was injured when they were shot in their car while leaving a parking lot behind 213 University Avenue, police said.

Police had issued arrest warrant for Hipps, Marquess L. Smith, 18, and two juveniles in connection with Hallett’s shooting.

Hipps was charged with murder, first-degree assault and two counts of first-degree robbery, according to Lexington police.

Hipps shot himself in the back seat of a car in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Germantown Pike in Dayton.

The Dayton Daily News reported that Hipps shot himself as Dayton police officers spoke with three people who had just gotten out of the car at the Whitney Young Estates apartments.

Police are still attempting to find Marquess L. Smith, 18, and a 17-year-old juvenile. Both are also charged with murder, assault and robbery, according to police. Two juveniles accused of being connected to the case are in custody.

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