CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- An arrest warrant was issued Friday for Frank Staton, 56, of Chardon, for the murders of two Hamlet Village retirement community housekeepers.
Chagrin Falls Police said Staton, a chef at Hamlet Village, admitted to the shootings and a holster and loaded handgun magazine were found on him at the scene Thursday. Investigators said a loaded pistol, several shell casings, and bullet holes were discovered in apartment building 14.
Police identified the victims as Terri Treadway, 58, of Chardon and Catherine Sutter, 58, of Burton. Investigators said Staton lived with Treadway and the couple were in a relationship.
Chagrin Falls Police responded to the usually quiet retirement community around 8:30 a.m. Thursday after a neighbor discovered Staton unresponsive in the building's stairwell. Police didn't release where they found Treadway and Sutter, who were longtime Hamlet Village employees.
"The only thing we heard was loud noises out in the hallway," said Richard Kohl, who lives in the building where the murders happened. "We weren't absolutely sure that it was gunshots, but it very well could have been."
He said he discovered Staton lying in the stairwell outside his door and called Hamlet Village staff, who in turn called 911.
"I didn't realize whether he had been shot or just passed out," he said.
Staton was in critical but stable condition at Hillcrest Hospital under police guard Friday.
"She was the most precious soul, she was so kind-hearted, she was there for my kids and my husband, everybody loved her," friend Shelly Brooks said about Treadway.
A flower was placed in the door of the Chardon mobile home that Staton and Treadway shared. Friends said Staton had lived with her for less than a year and described their relationship as troubled.
"He was very obssessive," Brooks said. "And she goes, 'he's controlling.' I'm like, 'Terri you need to make him leave.' She didn't know how to make him leave." Brooks said Treadway had provided clothing and other assistance to her family and said she was devastated by the loss.
"I've been sick to my stomach all day, all night," she said. "I just wish I could've got her away from him. She just wanted to be loved and she got mixed up with him."
Neighbors described Treadway as a generous and giving person who will be missed.
"She was just a really nice woman, cared about everyone around here, she was real great with all the kids," neighbor Art Galyon said.
Relatives of the victims asked for privacy.
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Chagrin Falls Mayor Bill Tomko posted a statement late Thursday night on Facebook about the ordeal: