A man whom police believe may be connected to the disappearance and murder of multiple women was shot and killed inside a Charleston, West Virginia apartment last Saturday.

According to the Huffington Post, 45-year-old Neal Falls of Springfield, Oregon met his end after going to the apartment of a female escort he contacted through a classified ads website. A physical confrontation between the two soon took place.

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“Nearly immediately after he stepped into her apartment, he said ‘live or die’ and a struggle ensued,” said Lt. Steve Cooper of the Charleston Police Department. “[Falls] laid his gun on a counter so that he could get a firmer grip around the victim’s throat with both his hands and she was able to scoop that weapon up and fire one round, killing Mr. Falls.”

The Huffington Post says the escort was transported to an area hospital with multiple injuries, including a broken vertebrae. She will not face any charges for the fatal shooting.

While that would have been the end of the story, what police found in his trunk sent the investigation in an entirely new direction.

“He had a machete, shovel, two axes, a bunch of knives, a double-headed ax, a bulletproof vest, numerous sets of handcuffs, as well as the firearm used to kill him,” Cooper told the Huffington Post.

A list containing the names of several women was also found.

“We have been able to locate most of them and they were all on a website advertising for escort services,” Cooper said. “The stuff that we found is so alarming that we want law enforcement across the country to be aware of it.”

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Charleston police have been in contact with a task force in Chillicothe, Ohio, where six women have been murdered or disappeared over the last 14 months.

Meanwhile, the Huffington Post says Falls might also be connected to the murder and dismemberment of three prostitutes in Henderson, Nevada several years ago.

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