Nebraska police search for killer after triple homicide

Frederick Owens
December 28, 2017

Dalton previously served eleven years in prison for murdering his then 22-year-old wife, Shannon Dalton, by shooting her in the head in 1998.

Officers were called to a home in the 3900 block of N 37th Street shortly before 8 investigate a shooting Tuesday. After that shooting, Dalton fled to Tennessee, where he was captured a few days later, according to police.

Dalton, 46, was named as a person of interest in the investigation within approximately three hours of the original call.

He was taken back to Omaha to face charges. After taking a plea bargain that allowed him to avoid a life sentence, he was released from prison in 2010.

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Police believe Dalton Jr. may be driving a 2015 Black GMC Terrain, with Neb. license plate UKB787, or a Red Chevy Tahoe, with Neb. license plate VRD559.

Police still had not located Dalton Wednesday afternoon and said he was considered armed and risky.

Omaha police identified the victims of Tuesday night's triple homicide as John Dalton, 70, Jean Dalton, 65, and Leonna Dalton-Phillip, 18.

Dalton Jr., was found "following a coordinated effort between the Nebraska USMS Metro Fugitive Task Force, the Western District USMS of Tennessee and the Tennessee Highway Patrol", the Omaha Police Department said. Leonna is Dalton Jr.'s niece.

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