Waitress dies after shooting at Canton Bob Evans; suspect in custody

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CANTON, Ohio (WJW)– A waitress died after a shooting at a Bob Evans in Canton Friday morning, Canton police said.

It happened at the restaurant on Lesh Street NE near Route 62 at about 9:30 a.m. Canton Police Chief Jack Angelo said the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds. She was taken to the hospital, where she passed away.

The suspect, Richard James Nelson, 54, of Canton, ran out a back door and was on the loose.

Around 8:30 p.m., police announced that Nelson had been apprehended in East Canton.

He was wanted for aggravated murder.

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“There was a history of domestic violence with the victim and the suspect in the past,” Angelo said. “This just shows how dangerous domestic violence is.”

Police identified the victim as Rebecca Jean Rogers, 38, of Canton. Angelo said his department most recently interacted with the pair in 2017.

No other injuries were reported. Police said about a dozen people were inside the Bob Evans at the time.

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