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Monroe County man charged in boyfriend’s death, the DA’s Office says

LANCASTER TOWNSHIP -- Update: A Monroe County man was charged Wednesday with killing his boyfriend, who was found dead in his Lancaster Township home in the early morning hours, according to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office.

Manheim Township Police were originally called to 31-year-old Ian Shannon's home in the 400 block of Dickens Drive around 12:45 a.m. for a possible domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, officers observed no signs of disturbance and knocked on the door, but no one answered, the criminal complaint says. They did notice a light coming from the top right window of the house, though.

Just after 3:15 a.m., police received a welfare check on that residence, learning that -- according to dispatch -- 30-year-old Matthew VanZandt entered Allentown Hospital covered in blood and told personnel, and later the city's police department, he had just killed Shannon, his boyfriend.

Police went back to the home around 3:30 a.m. and attempted to call Shannon. Officers made entry into the home after a neighbor said he knew the code to open the garage door.

Officers found Shannon, deceased, in a bedroom located in the upper right side of the house. Police note that the room had a light on, the same light from when officers responded to the possible domestic disturbance.

Shannon was stabbed and slashed multiple times, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office said.

"Manheim Township Police have been fully committed to this case, working in conjunction with our office," said District Attorney Craig Stedman.

VanZandt is in the custody of Allentown Police. He is expected to be arraigned in Lehigh County or after transport to Lancaster County.

Previous: A welfare check at a Lancaster Township home has turned into an investigation of a suspicious death, according to Manheim Township Police.

Officers were dispatched to a residence on the 400 block of Dickens Drive at 3:14 a.m., police say. Upon arrival, the found a deceased person inside the home, and deemed the manner of death to be suspicious. Detectives are currently working on the incident and the investigation is ongoing, police say.

There is no danger to the public, according to police.

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