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67-year-old man shoots 25-year-old girlfriend, himself in Pasadena, police say

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A 67-year-old man shot and killed his 25-year-old girlfriend, then himself, after a fight at their Pasadena home Tuesday, Anne Arundel County police said.

Charles Benton White, 67, got into an argument with his girlfriend, Elizabeth Leigh Thorpe, 25, before he shot her and then turned a long gun on himself, police said. The two lived together in the 8000 block of Highpoint Road where the shooting took place, police said.

When officers arrived around 2:18 p.m. Tuesday, Thorpe had been shot and White was inside refusing to come out, police said. Police set up a barricade with tactical teams and negotiators, but shortly afterward, a gunshot was heard inside.

A witness tried to get the weapon from White after he shot Thorpe but was unsuccessful, police said.

Investigators found Thorpe dead at the bottom of the basement steps and White sitting in a room near the front door. Both had fatal gunshot wounds to the upper body, police said.

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