Authorities are now investigating whether the man who attacked a West Virginia woman could be connected to other unsolved cases of murdered and missing women.

Police say that an unidentified woman fatally shot 45-year-old Neal Falls with his own gun after he beat and choked the woman in her home. The two had met on Backpage.com.

Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said that Falls stepped into the victim’s Charleston apartment and immediately pointed his 9mm gun at her chest, telling her that she was going to die. The two struggled, and Falls put his gun down. That’s when the victim picked it up and shot him.

Cooper said that authorities found handcuffs, bleach, bulletproof vests, cutting instruments and firearms in the suspect’s vehicle. Their findings make it “likely” that Falls had been involved in similar crimes, Cooper said.

Cooper said he wants to get the word out about Falls to law enforcement officials nationwide in hopes of solving similar crimes.

Police have not charged the woman for the shooting, which they have deemed self-defense.

Watch the video above to hear more about the case and to listen to the 911 call.


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