PASADENA, Md. - Police in Anne Arundel County have identified the victim and the suspect in an apparent murder-suicide in the Pasadena area.
SWAT teams, hostage negotiators and dozens of police officers converged on a home in the 8000 block of Highpoint Road in Orchard Beach, after gunshots were heard inside.
“It's a very quiet neighborhood, nobody bothers nobody, neighbors get along good. I'm actually surprised about all this,” said Dana Haslup.
Police say the suspect walked out of the home, and down Highpoint Road carrying a long gun. Neighbors called 911 leading to the massive police response.
But eventually: “At one point he actually made his way to the door, we were unable to talk him out of the home and then once our SWAT folks were on the scene we did apparently hear a shot there,” said Justin Mulcahy, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
When police went inside they found the bodies of the gunman, 67-year-old Charles White, and his girlfriend 25-year-old Elizabeth Thorpe.
Friends say White's wife died more than a year ago and he'd struggled with personal problems since then.
“He's a good guy. I grew up with him. He's been a good person to me," said Lynn Yamaga, a family friend.
She says they also did not approve of White’s relationship with the much younger Elizabeth Thorpe.
“His wife died and he got involved with this female and she kind of took him downhill. But he's been a perfectly good person before this,” Yamaga said.
White has two grown daughters; they had all tried to help him, but Yamaga says no one could have seen this coming. “They're devastated, shocked,” she said.
Anne Arundel County Police also say another person tried to take the gun away from Charles White after he'd shot Elizabeth Thorpe, but he was able to keep it, and eventually shot himself inside the home.