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Posted at 5:40 AM ET, 06/ 9/2010

Cops: Md. man kills self in front of wife

By Mike McPhate

A Crownsville man killed himself with a single shotgun blast in front of his estranged wife Tuesday afternoon, Anne Arundel County police said.

James John Dean, 47, had earlier doused the home in the 2000 block of Saint Stephens Woods Drive with a flammable liquid and hid until his wife returned, police said. When she came through the door, Dean subdued her and made repeated threats to burn down the house and kill them both, police said.

Somehow, police said, she was able to persuade Dean to let her use her mobile phone. She took the opportunity to text message a friend, who then called police.

When an officer arrived at about 3:47 p.m., Dean could be seen sitting near his wife with a shotgun between his legs, police said. The officer yelled to drop the weapon, at which point Dean turned the gun on himself, police said.

-- Mike McPhate

By Mike McPhate  | June 9, 2010; 5:40 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  crime, maryland  
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