Man dies of stab wound in Hanover Twp.; sheriff’s office questioning person of interest

There are 11 municipal police departments in Butler County.

An altercation between two men late Thursday night in Hanover Twp. resulted in the death of a 39-year-old man, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were dispatched to the 2000 block of Darrtown Road about 11:30 p.m. on a report of a stabbing.

It was reported that a physical alteration took place between two men, Justin Nix and the victim, Ricky Wagers. Wagers, 39 of Hamilton, suffered a knife injury to the upper chest. He was transported by friends to Kettering Health Hamilton, where he was later pronounced dead.

Detectives recovered the apparent weapon. Nix, 30, of Hamilton, was wanted for questioning in the incident. He was arrested Friday afternoon on an outstanding drug warrant and was being questioned by detectives about the homicide. He was then booked into the Butler County Jail on Friday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and felonious assault.

Dispatchers received three 911 calls, including one from a Darrtown Road resident who said there was a lot of fighting next door.

“Now there is somebody out in the road yelling and screaming,” caller said

A frantic man called and said someone had stabbed his brother in the neck. He said the suspects had stolen his truck a few days before. He was getting belongings out of a truck when a suspect stabbed his brother and they took off in vehicles heading toward Hamilton, he said.

A sobbing woman called 911 and said she was on the way to Kettering Health Hamilton Hospital.

“He’s dying, he’s dying,” she screams. “Rick breath, Rick breath. He’s about to die.”

Anyone who has any information in this ongoing investigation please contact the sheriff’s office at 785-1209.

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