5 deadliest Butler County incidents of the last 50 years

The killings of four family members in a West Chester Twp. apartment on April 28 is one of the deadliest single incidents to happen in Butler County in the past 50 years.

Here are the deadliest single incidents in the county over the past half-century:

• Ruppert family murders, 1975: The 11 deaths of the Ruppert family on Easter Sunday in 1975 are the largest single-family execution in Ohio. James Ruppert, then 41, fatally shot 11 members of his family, including his mother, brother, sister-in-law and their eight children.
• Heaton Avenue fire, 1988: A house fire on Heaton Avenue on June 7, 1988 killed seven people, five of whom were children. The fire was believed to be caused by a box fan.

• Union Twp. crash, 1990: A two-vehicle crash in West Chester Twp. (known as Union Twp. at the time) killed five people.

• Madison Twp. crash, 1991: A motor vehicle crash killed five people in in Madison Twp.

• West Chester homicides, 2019: On April 28, West Chester Twp. police officers four members of a family shot to death in an apartment, bleeding from their heads. They were Hakiakat Singh Pannag, 59, his wife, Parmjit Kaur, 62, their daughter, Shalinderjit Kaur, 39 and Parmjit Kaur’s sister, Amarjit Kaur, 58.

Source: Butler County Coroner’s Office


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