LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Two people are dead following a domestic murder-suicide and barricade situation in Pasadena.

At 2:19 p.m., officers responded to the 8000 block of Highpoint Road for a report of a shooting. They were told a man left his house and was seen walking in the neighborhood with a long gun before going back into the home.

The officers arrived on the scene and asked the man to come out of the home. He did not comply, so a SWAT team and negotiators were called. As the SWAT team surrounded the home, a shot rang out. Officers then entered the house and found the bodies.

The woman, identified as 25-year-old Elizabeth Leigh Thorpe, was lying at the bottom of the basement steps with an apparent gunshot wound to her upper body. The man, identified as 67-year-old Charles Benton White, was found seated in a room near the front door with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the upper body. They were pronounced dead on the scene.

Thorpe and White both lived at the Highpoint Road address, and are believed to have been in a romantic relationship.

Detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and learned that the two had been arguing when White pulled out the gun and shot Thorpe. A witness tells police they tried to get the weapon away from White, but was not able to do so before White turned it on himself.

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Jack Hartzell at 410-222-3460.


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