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Man killed in Charleston may be connected to crimes across country

Charleston Gazette-Mail courtesy Charleston Police Department Knives, axes and a shovel were among the items found in Neal Falls’ vehicle. He was killed Saturday by a woman on Charleston’s West Side. Police believe he could be connected to other crimes across the country.
Charleston Gazette-Mail courtesy Charleston Police Department
Knives, axes and a shovel were among the items found in Neal Falls’ vehicle. He was killed Saturday by a woman on Charleston’s West Side. Police believe he could be connected to other crimes across the country.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Police on Wednesday identified the man who was shot dead Saturday by a Charleston woman after he attacked her, and released photos of guns, knives and other weapons and items from his vehicle.

Police believe Neal Falls, 45, of Springfield, Oregon, could be connected to other crimes around the country. They said Monday the items in Falls’ car, among other things, might connect him to several deaths in Southern Ohio.

“We are releasing Mr. Falls’ name and photograph, as well as details about the incident. Our hope in doing so is that if there are any other victims of Mr. Falls between here and Oregon that the information may be valuable to law enforcement,” Lt. Steve Cooper, the Charleston Police Department’s chief of detectives, said Wednesday.

Falls was killed Saturday by a woman he met on Backpage.com, a site often used to find escorts, after he attacked her at a house on Charleston’s West Side, according to police. The woman reportedly used Falls’ gun to kill him after he beat and choked her.

The photographs released Wednesday show an array of tools police say were found in the Subaru Forester that Falls was driving. The vehicle has the license plate number 966-FYZ.

Several axes, a shovel, knives, a machete, bleach, a pair of boots, handcuffs and a bulletproof vest were among items in the car, according to police.

Charleston police have contacted the FBI about the case.

“They are assisting us in submitting this case into a national database…

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