Harvey County releases woman detained in connection with Newton triple murder

NEWTON, Harvey Co. (KWCH and AP) UPDATE: (4:50 p.m.): Harvey County Attorney David Yoder says a woman who was a person of interest the shooting deaths of three men in Newton has been released from jail.

Yoder says after completing interviews of key witnessnes. At this time, no charges will be filed against the woman.
UPDATE (2:40 p.m.): A woman is in custody in Harvey County in a shooting that left four people dead, including the gunman.

Harvey County authorities say a 42-year-old Newton woman was arrested for conspiracy to commit capital murder but formal charges are pending.

Three victims were found dead early Thursday inside a home in Newton. A suspect, 33-year-old David Lee Montano, of Newton, fled from the home on foot. He confronted officers with a shotgun during the pursuit and was shot to death by a Newton police officer.

Harvey County Attorney David Yoder said Friday the shootings appeared to be a domestic situation, rather than drug-related.

Yorder also said Montano was facing federal charges in a separate case but that case apparently was not related to Thursday's shooting.

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UPDATE (6 p.m.): The KBI is now investigating what led up to the overnight shooting death of three men near Newton. Police believe it was a targeted, isolated incident, but some people nearby are still worried.

"My husband's family lives here and we heard it was peaceful and quiet, and now we've heard of two triple homicides close to home, so that hits hard," says Laurevel Smith who lives near the scene.

Police have not confirmed the motive for the shooting, but two of the victims have prior drug charges. The overnight shooting Thursday is just one of several violent crimes Harvey County has dealt with recently. It's a trend Harvey County Attorney David Yoder hopes will end.

"I hope this is just a string of really bad circumstances that have occurred in the community, and I hope this is the last of them," Yoder says.

Spencer Road between 24th Street and Old Trail Road remains closed as the KBI continues its investigation. The road will likely remain closed until the KBI is finished.


UPDATE (3:15 p.m.): Harvey County Attorney David Yoder identifies the suspect and three victims in this morning's triple murder near Newton. The suspect, who was fatally shot by a Newton PD officer, is identified as David Montano, 33, of Newton.

The three victims in the case are identified as Michael Lemons, 34, of Newton, Nelton Dean Lemons, 36, of Newton and Jason Stubby, 36, of Newton.

The sheriff's office says a KBI forensics unit continues to interview people described as persons of interest in the case. The sheriff's office says the victims in the case were targeted and there is no threat to the community.

UPDATE (2:50 p.m.): The Harvey County Sheriff's Office is holding a 3 p.m. press conference to give updates on this morning's triple homicide. Watch the press conference live in the window below.

UPDATE (1:00 p.m.): Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay says the shots that killed the suspect in this morning's triple-homicide were fired by one officer.

"There were a couple of officers that confronted him," Sheriff Gay said. "The other officers were in the process of clearing the house. We're not sure where the suspect came from, but he came from behind the house, confronted the officers and was shot."

That officer is now on paid administrative leave as officials investigate the incident. That is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings.

The KBI is now in the area assisting in the investigation.

Sheriff Gay stressed that the incident was targeted and that the general public is not in danger.
UPDATE (10:45 a.m.) The Harvey County Sheriff's Office says it will hold a 3 p.m. press conference to provide updates on the investigation in the triple homicide. We will stream the press conference live in this story. It will also be streamed on the HARVEY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FACEBOOK PAGE.


UPDATE (7:43 a.m): Newton police say the other person they were looking for as a witness in this case has been located.


UPDATE (7:10 a.m.): Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay says the suspect in a triple homicide who was shot and killed by police this morning was known to police.

Authorities say he was not following the officer's commands after pointing a shotgun.

"They ran into the suspect outside of the house," Sheriff Gay said during a media briefing. "And when that happened, the suspect brandished a weapon and one of the officers shot him."

Sheriff Gay says three men were found dead inside.. There were also three women in the home. Police are talking with them as they piece together what happened.

They are looking for another person who may have witnessed the shooting, but say that person is not a danger to the public.

"Our community is safe right now," Sheriff Gay told us. "This was very much a targeted thing."

Police are waiting for a warrant so they can search the home. They are also waiting for the KBI to investigate.

UPDATE - (4:55 a.m.) Four people are dead, including a suspect, after an early morning shooting in Newton.

Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay says that suspect was shot and killed by police.

Newton Police and Harvey County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of a shooting at around 12:30 a.m. in the 2100 block of N. Spencer.

There, police say, they found three people who had been killed.

Eyewitnesses led police to the suspect in the homicide, who confronted officers with a shotgun.

That man was then shot by a Newton Police officer. That man was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Harvey County Sheriff Chad Gay did not identify the suspect, but said he was a male that was known to law enforcement.

Three other people were at the home at the time of the shooting. Police are talking with those people this morning as they piece together what happened.

Police are looking for another person who was at the scene at the time, but police do not believe that person is a danger to the public.

No officers were hurt in the case.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was called in to assist in the investigation.

We expect another briefing from the Harvey County Sheriff at 6:00 a.m. You can watch that briefing live on KWCH 12, through the KWCH 12 App and here at www.kwch.com.


Three people are dead and one person is critically injured following a shooting in Newton.

Harvey County dispatchers said officers found three people killed in the 2100 block of North Spencer early Thursday morning.

Dispatchers also said Thursday one person was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The situation is also being investigating as an officer-involved shooting. Dispatch did not elaborate on the circumstances of the shooting or what law enforcement agency fired.

This story is still developing at this hour. Eyewitness News has a crew heading to Newton now and will have updates all morning on KWCH 12, the KSCW and KWCH.com