Baltimore County police today entered a house in Randallstown where an estranged couple were found dead. The man was found hanged in the basement, and the woman's throat was slashed.
Police had gone to the home after the man, who had been armed with a shotgun and a knife, apparently attacked two members of his wife's family as they were helping the woman move out of the couple's home, and dragged the wife inside.
Police spokesman E. Jay Miller said one of the relatives told police the husband, identified as Dalton Jones, 56, of the 4600 block of Panacea Road, attacked his wife with the knife.
The woman was identified as Pamela Jones.
Mr. Miller said the incident began about 9:30 a.m., when Mr. Jones arrived and found his wife, her uncle and two aunts working to move Mrs. Jones out of the house.
The police spokesman said the couple had been married since March 1990, but were in the process of a divorce.
Mrs. Jones has an 8-year-old son, who was away at school during the incident.
Mr. Jones reportedly shot his wife's uncle in the leg, Mr. Miller said, then cut one of the aunts on the arm with a knife.
Both were sent to Sinai Hospital where they were treated and released.
The home where the stand-off took place is across Old Court Road from Old Court Middle School.