Apparent murder-suicide in Bel Air leaves father and 3-year-old son dead, police say

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Apparent murder-suicide in Bel Air leaves father and 3-year-old son dead, police say


Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide after a 3-year-old boy was shot and killed by his father, who then killed himself at their home in Bel Air.

Jason Douglas DeWitt, 38, and his son, Grayson DeWitt, 3, were pronounced dead from gunshot wounds late Thursday night.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday, Harford County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 600 block of High Plain Drive for a possible suicidal person. Police learned that two people, including a child, were inside the home.

After failing to make contact, deputies entered the residence to attempt to locate anyone in distress or danger, according to the sheriff’s office.

While searching the home, police found a handwritten note indicating explosives could detonate if the search continued. Deputies left the home and evacuated nearby residences as a precaution.

Around 11:30 p.m., with help of the state fire marshal’s office, police made entry into a bedroom in the home, were DeWitt and his son were found.

No further details are being released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to call the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 410-836-5442.

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