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Suspect in Alabama Domestic Dispute That Left 3 Dead Commits Suicide

by Amanda Proença Santos and Associated Press /  / Updated 
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Kenneth Dion Lever was described as armed and dangerous following a shooting that left multiple people dead at a mobile home community near Birmingham, Alabama.Glendale, Alabama, police via AP

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The subject of a manhunt in connection to a shooting that left three people dead near Birmingham, Alabama, has committed suicide, police said Wednesday.

The manhunt for Kenneth Dion Lever, 52, began earlier Wednesday after three people were killed in a shooting believed to have stemmed from a domestic dispute at a mobile home community.

Gardendale, Alabama, police later confirmed on Twitter that Lever, of the Pensacola, Florida, area, had been found dead after committing suicide in Escambia County, Florida.

Image: Kenneth Dion Lever
Kenneth Dion Lever was described as armed and dangerous following a shooting that left multiple people dead at a mobile home community near Birmingham, Alabama.Glendale, Alabama, police via AP

Police identified the victims as Dana Reeves Lever, 50, Bonnie Reeves Foshee, 65, and Don Austin Foshee, 69. Police Chief Mike Walker said all were related to Lever.

Mayor Stan Hogeland said he had talked with relatives of some of the victims and described them as "distraught."

The search for Lever initially focused in woods near the Peachtree Crossings mobile home community, where the shootings occurred, but Walker later said police believed he had left the area and could be headed back toward Florida.

A person who answered the phone at the mobile home community declined to comment, citing instructions from law enforcement.

Court records show that a judge ordered Lever in December to stay away from Dana Lever, listed as his ex-wife, and their daughter, a juvenile. Dana Lever sought the protective order claiming that the man was stalking and harassing them, records show.

Separately, charges against Lever involving sexual abuse of a minor were filed in York County, Pennsylvania, according to the request from Dana Lever.

A hearing in the Alabama case had been scheduled for July 26, a court docket showed.

Walker declined to comment on any court cases involving Lever.

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