Police have not yet determined what led a man to kill his girlfriend and then hang himself inside his Nordale Avenue home early Monday morning.
The couple was found dead inside 807 Nordale Ave. following a standoff with law enforcement that lasted more than seven hours.
The Montgomery County Coroner’s office identified the man as 24-year-old Jordan D. Rudd and the woman as 38-year-old Heather Bell.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said the incident began shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday when a family member watching Bell’s children called police to report that she had not been heard from all day. It was believed that she was at Rudd’s residence where police located her vehicle.
Biehl said police spoke with Rudd and asked if they could search the house, but he locked the door. “He said he was holding her hostage,” Biehl said.
At that point police attempted to enter the home by force and Rudd said he had a gun.
“They rammed the door and that’s when all hell broke loose,” said neighbor Brian Wendling. He said he saw officers drop back and hide behind their cars with guns drawn.
SWAT officers and a hostage negotiation team were called in and officers used bullhorns to attempt to communicate with Rudd throughout the night, but Biehl said they had no further contact with him after midnight.
Neighbors said the chaotic scene overnight was uncharacteristic of their quiet street. They also said the couple who lived at the house was new to the neighborhood.
“I was lying in bed listening to the guy on the (bullhorn) all night,” said Gary Ward. Others were told to evacuate by armed SWAT officers.
“They just said you’ve got to go,” Wendling said. He and his wife grabbed their four children and ran out of the house through the backyard.
Just after 7 a.m. police were able to break a window in the basement of the home and found the bodies of the couple.
“Based on what we are able to tell at this time, she was murdered before we arrived,” Biehl said. He said Bell, “suffered a violent death,” and likely died of blunt force trauma to the head. She was also stabbed in the torso multiple times.
Biehl said there were no working firearms in the home. A rifle seen by police turned out to be a toy.