Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office monitoring social media crimes

Montgomery County Sheriff (Photo/WDTN Staff)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is tracking the deadly shooting out of Cleveland that was broadcast live on Facebook over the weekend.

The sheriff’s office has a Criminal Intelligence Center that conducts analysis, research and collects data.

“Unfortunately, that’s the reality today, right? The tools, the apps, the predominance of cellphones. It’s just a fact of life,” said Bruce Langos, the director of the Montgomery County’s Criminal Intelligence Center.

Langos is one of thousands who says he watched Steve Stephens shoot and kill a man on a live broadcast on Facebook.

“It’s horrific. I’m disappointed someone would take an innocent life,” said Langos.

He oversees a team in Dayton that combs through social media.

“We can look at their social media environment, what their activity is like, whatever it might be.”

They enter key words into a data system that alerts them to potential suspicious activity.

“That runs on our desktops that allows us to look at a series of phrases, acronyms that we can put into a search,” he said.

After learning about the shooting and manhunt out of Cleveland, Langos said his agency did a search for Stephens in the Miami Valley to see if he had any reason to come here.

“We did not find any known associations in our region,” said Langos. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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