Update to Pasadena murder/suicide investigation

March 18, 2014

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Update by Holly Woerner Basta


Here’s the latest information on this afternoon’s Homicide/Suicide in the Orchard Beach neighborhood of Pasadena from Anne Arundel County Police.

On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at approximately 2:19 p.m., officers from the Eastern District responded to the 8000 block of High Point Road, Baltimore, Maryland for a report of a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers were informed a female had been shot and the suspect was in the residence with her. Officers observed a male inside the residence and shortly thereafter heard a gunshot.

The Anne Arundel County Police Special Operations Section made entry into the residence and located a female with an apparent gunshot wound to her upper body lying at the bottom of the basement steps. A male was located seated in a room near the front door with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the upper body. Fire personnel responded to the scene and pronounced both the male and female as being deceased.

Anne Arundel County Homicide Detectives assisted by Eastern District Detectives responded to the scene and interviews with multiple witnesses were conducted. The investigation revealed the suspect, Charles Benton White, 67, of the 8000 block of High Point Road, got into an argument with his girlfriend who lived with him. During the argument Charles Benton White obtained a long gun and shot his girlfriend, identified as Elizabeth Leigh Thorpe, 25, of the 8000 block of High Point Road.

A witness tried to get the weapon from Charles Benton White, but he was able to retain possession at which time he turned the weapon on himself taking his own life. This incident was a domestic related homicide and not a random act of violence.

As the investigation continues we urge anyone with information on this incident to contact Detective Jack Hartzell of the Homicide Unit at 410-222-3460 or Metro Crime Stoppers

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