Manhunt for Triple Murder Suspect Ends in Arrest

December 27, 2017 Updated: December 27, 2017

The U.S. Marshals Service has captured an Omaha man wanted in connection to a triple homicide in Tennessee on Wednesday, Dec. 27.

John Dalton Jr. was arrested on Interstate 40 near Jackson, Tennessee after a felony warrant for first-degree murder was issued for the man on Wednesday morning, reported WOWT News.

The 46-year-old was wanted for the murder of John W. Dalton, 70, Jean Dalton, 65, and Leonna Dalton-Phillip, 18, in a north Omaha home on Tuesday night.

Dalton Jr. was initially identified as a person of interest in relation to their deaths but police later upgraded it to an arrest warrant. He was said to be “armed and dangerous” and driving a black 2015 GMC Terrain or red 2007 Chevy Tahoe, according to the police.

John W. Dalton is identified as his father, Jean Dalton is identified as his mother and Leonna Dalton-Phillip was his niece who attended Omaha Burke High School, reported the news station.

Dalton-Phillip’s car was still running outside her maternal grandparents’ home when police came to investigate the shooting. The 18-year-old was at her maternal grandparents’ house to pick up a younger sister, Omaha World Herald reported.

“Leonna was stopping by after work to pick up her sister and get a plate of food from her grandmother,” her father, Claude Phillip, told the newspaper on Wednesday. “Her car was still running. That’s how fast all this happened.”

The younger sister quickly ran to notify a neighbor at about 7:30 p.m.

Phillip described his daughter as a straight A student who had a bright future, reported the newspaper.

“She thought she might want to go to school in California,” he said. “We were just investigating that.”

Omaha police department will release a press release later today.

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