Former state Sen. Edd Houck’s son kills man, self, authorities say

23 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

After apparent homicide and abduction, police chase ends on I-95.

The son of a former longtime Virginia state senator killed himself Tuesday after allegedly abducting his estranged wife and murdering her boyfriend in northeastern Virginia, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. A man allegedly killed a person at a hotel in Virginia, abducted a woman, then fatally shot himself as police surrounded him on I-95 on Tuesday morning, according to police. An official from the Caroline County sheriff’s office and a Virginia State Police spokeswoman described the series of events, which left two people dead, at a news conference Tuesday. Being deeply rooted in the communities of Waynesboro, Stuarts Draft, Staunton and the counties of Augusta and Nelson for nearly 150 years we are privileged to form relationships with those we serve at such an important time in their lives – relationships that endure through the healing process and beyond. After fatally shooting Gift, police said, Todd Houck abducted the woman and led police responding to a 911 call at the motel on a 30-mile chase north on Interstate 95, until Houck’s car stopped on the highway and struck a police vehicle just south of Fredericksburg.

With years of understanding and caring for families from all walks of life, each comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service and have the highest integrity. Authorities said that Jeremy Gift, 36, of Stafford was fatally shot at Relax Inn in Bowling Green, a Caroline County town more than 70 miles south of Washington.

In 1999, he barricaded himself in his Richmond apartment for 12 hours after officers tried to serve him with outstanding warrants, the Free Lance-Star reported. Police arrived at the hotel just as Houck was leaving the scene in a Mercury Mountaineer with his 34-year-old former partner, the Washington Post reported. What sets us apart: -Offering three locations to better serve you -Only funeral home to offer a full time licensed funeral director dedicated solely to pre-planning, aftercare and monument sales -First and most experienced on-site crematory in the area -Offering the most complete and affordable burial, cremation and memorial selections -Catered gatherings at your home, church, or one of our facilities Whether your needs are immediate or you are planning ahead, you can expect to be guided and listened to every step of the way by an experienced staff member who truly cares.

Todd had convictions for grand larceny and felony drug crimes. “We thank God no one was hurt or injured,” Edd said in a statement at the time. “In view of our son’s long history of mental illness, it is our hope and wish that appropriate treatment can now begin.” Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa Jr. said the shooting was “a domestic situation” but he declined to be specific about the relationships between the men and the woman. Court records show Todd Houck had a lengthy criminal history, including a grand larceny conviction and several drug offenses that resulted in jail sentences.

Spotsylvania defense attorney Mark Gardner said he had known Houck personally since Houck was a teenager, and had represented him recently when Houck stole money from a Fredericksburg IHOP. Gus Deeds had been released 13 hours earlier from an emergency custody order after a mental health clinician failed to find a psychiatric bed so that he could undergo further evaluation. In October 2012, Houck and his wife lost their other child, a daughter who died at age 31 of multiple sclerosis. “I just can’t believe so much pain and suffering for one couple,” said Senate Minority Leader Richard L. God knows they’ve done everything they could to try to get him resources over the years.” After his release, Fredericksburg prosecutors charged him with an additional crime related to the same incident.

He was released on $1,500 bond in that case, despite prosecutors’ objections because of his criminal history, Commonwealth’s Attorney La Bravia Jenkins said.

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