Veteran Kills Son In Odenton, Takes Own Life On Fort Meade: Officials


The Anne Arundel County Police Department said a retired service member fatally shot his son Wednesday in Odenton and then took his own life at nearby Fort George G. Meade. Ft. Meade is pictured above on a different day. (Google Maps)

Last Updated Wednesday at 5:03 p.m.

ODENTON, MD - A retired service member fatally shot his adult son Wednesday in Odenton and then took his own life at nearby Fort George G. Meade, officials said.

Police called the case a "Murder/Suicide." Homicide detectives are still investigating the motive.

Officers are withholding the father and son's names until they notify the family.

Ft. Meade officials said they found the father dead on the Army base around 9:40 a.m. The Directorate of Emergency Services located his body in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service parking lot.

The Anne Arundel County Police Department said it was then called to the 500 block of Retreat Court around 9:50 a.m. for a "suspicious death."

Officers said they found the 34-year-old son inside an apartment "suffering from an apparent gunshot wound(s)."

Police said they found the son in the Renew apartment complex. That's a 5.5-mile and 17-minute drive from where his father was found dead.

Authorities asked anybody with any information to call (410) 222-4731. Tipsters can stay anonymous by dialing (410) 222-4700.

Fort Meade is the Department of Defense's platform for intelligence, information, and cyber operations. It is the Army's second-largest installation by population with more than 64,000 employees that represent the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Space Force. The fort is home to the National Security Agency, U.S. Space Force, U.S. Cyber Command and other agencies.

If you or someone you know is considering harming themselves, help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached by calling 988. Immediate help is also available in an emergency by dialing 911. Additional mental health and suicide prevention resources are available online.

This map shows the two investigation scenes.

Patch Regional Manager Deb Belt contributed reporting to this story.

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Wonder if it's another case of a mentally ill person who fell thru the cracks because the US government wasn't paying attention? Like the shooter in Maine. Seems the priorities are messed up right now. Wonder if the family will be able to sue the federal government for negligence?

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