‘I need an officer to come and arrest me’: Man accused in Monroe homicide called 911 to report it

Peyton McFarland BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
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Peyton McFarland BUTLER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

A Monroe man who is accused of stabbing his roommate to death Saturday at the Sands Avenue residence called 911 and asked for police to “come and arrest me.”

Peyton Michael Joseph McFarland, 20, of the 100 block of Sands, was booked into the Butler County Jail about 1:25 a.m. Sunday and charged with murder. He was arraigned Monday in county Area II Court, where bond was set at $500,000. He is scheduled to be in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing.

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According to court records and the 911 call, McFarland confessed to stabbing his roommate, Christopher Hacker, 31, during an argument.

McFarland identified himself to the dispatcher in a strained, out-of-breath voice.

“I need an ambulance,” he said in the call. “I attacked a person that I was living with, I need an officer to come and arrest me.”

In the 911 calls, McFarland said he used a weapon and stabbed Hacker in the shoulder.

“I used a knife,” he said. “I need an officer to come right away. I need to be put under arrest.”

Hacker ran from the scene, according to McFarland, who told dispatchers he put the weapon on the ground outside and said he would lie down and wait for officers.

When Monroe officers arrived on the scene, McFarland said, “I’m Peyton, I’m Peyton, please arrest me.”

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A woman called 911 from a neighboring residence and told dispatchers a man approached her and said that “he has been stabbed with a knife, he is bleeding. He needs an ambulance.”

The woman said she was applying pressure to the man’s left shoulder, and he had multiple wounds.

Hacker was taken to Atrium Medical Center, where he died.

Monroe police said McFarland told investigators he went into his room and retrieved a knife/axe combination weapon, then confronted Hacker in the hallway.

“When the roommate disarmed him of the axe, (McFarland) stated he stabbed him with the knife portion of the weapon combo,” a detective wrote in the court complaint.

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