An Arnold man shot himself to death Friday after attempting to kill his estranged wife in Pasadena, Anne Arundel County police said.
Police officers and firefighters were called at 12:31 a.m. Friday to the 300 block of Ridge Road, Pasadena, where police said they found two people who had been shot.
A woman police did not identify was taken to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with life-threatening injuries. She was in critical condition as of Friday afternoon, a hospital representative said.
Matthew John Borck was pronounced dead at the scene.
After the initial investigation, homicide detectives concluded Borck entered his estranged wife’s home, she confronted him and he shot her. Borck then used the same firearm to shoot himself, police said.
Court records show Borck and the woman were finalizing their divorce, as her lawyer filed paperwork last week. That lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.
The couple had two children, a 3- and 4-year-old. Police did not confirm whether the children were in the home at the time of the shooting.
Tammy Lester-Martin, Borck’s aunt, said he suffered from depression after the couple separated but was shocked by what happened.
“Matthew was one of the kindest, sweetest individuals you would meet in your life,” Lester-Martin said.
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“They were going through a very difficult divorce. ... He was very depressed. But none of us in our wildest dreams would imagine him doing this. It was not his character at all.”
Lester-Martin said Borck worked for Coca Cola for 20 years and loved spending time with his children.
“What he did was wrong 100%. We don’t know what snapped. We don’t know what happened,” she said.
“You know people are going to say what they’re going to say and they’re going to have their comments but there’s no need for any negativity. There’s a family out there hurting. This is not something to be taken lightly.”
Police are still investigating the situation and urge anyone with information to call the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. Those with information who wish to remain anonymous can call the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line at 410-222-4700.