CLARKSVILLE, NY – New York State Police have located William J. Larson, the suspect in a double-homicide and arson fire that took place early Thursday morning at 8472 Courtney Hollow Road in Clarksville. He has been taken into custody.
Police reported that Larson was found on Barber Road, which had been closed most of the day. They could not comment on what was said after he was found.
Forty-five minutes earlier, police had reported during a media conference that they had previously visited the Courtney Hollow Road residence, but would not specify why.
Shortly before midnight, the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company responded to a structure fire at 8472 Courtney Hollow Road. Upon their arrival, they were met by Larson. Then they contained a small fire at the residence. After discovering two deceased bodies, they contacted the New York State Police. Prior to police’s arrival, Larson fled the scene on foot, police said.
Police confirmed that weapons were in the residence, but could not confirm whether the two deceased people were killed by the fire.
Area school districts were contacted and acted accordingly: Cuba-Rushford, Portville, Friendship and Bolivar-Richburg closed their schools while Hinsdale and Olean enforced lockouts.
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