HAMPSTEAD, Md - A 43-year-old assaulted his wife and beat his parents before barricading himself in a Hampstead home and committing suicide Monday night, Baltimore County police said.
According to a county police news release, officers responded at 6:20 p.m. to a home in the 4400 block of Mt. Carmel Road for a report of unknown trouble. When they arrived, they discovered that several people had been assaulted and that the suspect had barricaded himself inside the home with a rifle.
Police said Kris Abbott, 43, had assaulted his estranged wife, Dawn Abbott, and his parents, Russell and Virginia Abbott, during a domestic argument. Kris Abbott damaged a vehicle with a metal pipe, pushed his wife to the ground and struck his parents with the metal pipe. Everyone but the suspect ran to a nearby home.
Virginia Abbott, 76, was flown to Shock Trauma for treatment of serious injuries. She was the only victim transported to the hospital for treatment.
Police said tactical units and hostage negotiators responded to the scene and found Kris Abbott dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after tactical officers made entry into the home. The rifle was recovered on scene.
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