Cecil County police are investigating the deaths of a Rising Sun father and son as an apparent murder-suicide.

On Sunday at 3:30 p.m., Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputies, Maryland State Police troopers and Town of Rising Sun police officers arrived at a home in the 1100 block of Ridge Road in Rising Sun. They found a dead 7-year-old boy, a police department statement said.

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Police later identified the father as 33-year-old Joshua Phillip Holcombe of Rising Sun and his 7-year-old son as Mason Holcombe.

Police also said an autopsy confirmed that the boy suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The father was shot one time, police said.

“Detectives are still treating this incident as an intentional murder/suicide investigation,” a police press release said.

Police also said a handgun was located and seized inside the residence and investigators believe it was used during the incident.

Police said the 33-year-old father, Joshua Holcombe, was transported by helicopter to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in downtown Baltimore where he died shortly after arriving.

Detectives from the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office are continuing the investigation. Sheriff’s Office detectives were assisted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Police said an investigation revealed that there was a disturbance inside the home prior to the firearm discharge. Detectives spoke with multiple witnesses who were inside the residence when the incident occurred. The investigation is ongoing.

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