Police ID four dead in Md. murder-suicide in Anne Arundel County
Updated: August 7, 2011 - 10:14 pm
(WJLA/AP) - A man, woman and two teenaged children have been found shot to death inside a Maryland home in what police believe was a murder-suicide.
A woman called police at 8:58 a.m. after getting a disturbing text message from her son who lived at the home in the 600 block of Wood Street in Brooklyn Park , said Lt. J.D. Batten, with Anne Arundel County Police.
The mother said the message's despondent tone made her concerned for her son's well being and the safety of his family. The mother and another relative came to the home on Wood Street and subsequently called for police assistance to check on her son.
Shortly after officers arrived, and while they were speaking to the mother outside the home, officers heard a single gunshot from inside the residence.
Officers immediately entered the home when they heard the gunshot.
Inside, they found a man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A woman and two teenaged juveniles were also dead. Each of the victims suffered gunshot wounds.
Police have identified the four dead as Kelly Brian Thompson, 33, the suspect in the murder-suicide; Nina Thompson, 34, female; Taishawn Pugh, female, 15; and Treshawn Pugh, a male, 15.
They lived at 607 Wood Street, Brooklyn Park.
Police believe Kelly Brian Thompson murdered his family members and then shot himself after the officers arrived.
Anne Arundel County Police did not immediately identify the people found in the home, but neighbors say a couple and their two teenaged children lived there.
Neighbor Jody Eckmeyer says that the man who lived there was a truck driver, and that his wife worked as a nurse. She says the teens often spent time hanging out with friends on the porch but stayed out of trouble.
Another neighbor, Thomas Slade, says the father would visit occasionally while he worked on his motorcycle. Slade says the man had told him he recently landed a new job.
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