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Man kills boyfriend of estranged partner at Spotsylvania motel before fatally shooting self

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WRIC – SPOTSYLVANIA (WRIC) — Police say a man fatally shot the boyfriend of his ex-domestic partner during an altercation at a Caroline County motel before fatally shooting himself on Interstate 95 Tuesday.

36-year-old Todd T. Houck fired the shots after confronting his ex-partner and her boyfriend at the Relax Inn motel just north of Bowling Green at around 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to authorities. Houck fatally shot the boyfriend before abducting his former partner and fleeing north on I-95.

En route to the scene, deputies witnessed a male and female passenger fleeing the motel in an SUV. The suspect refused to stop and led deputies on a high-speed pursuit westbound on Route 207 and then north on I-95 at the Carmel Church interchange.

Virginia State Police joined the pursuit, and eventually helped bring the suspect to a stop near the 124 mile marker in Spotsylvania County. Deputies reported they heard a gunshot inside the car, and say Houck was pronounced dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

No shots were fired by law enforcement.

Police say that Todd Houck is the son of former state Sen. Edd Houck.

This was not T. Houck's first run-in with law enforcement.

In May of 2014, he was arrested and charged with grand larceny for a burglary that took place on May 26 at the IHOP restaurant in the 2800 block of Plank Road. He served a year and four months in jail before a judge granted him with time served on August 3 of this year.

On August 31, however, an additional felony charge of statutory burglary was brought on Houck in relation to the May 2014 incident. During a September 2 bond hearing, Houck was released on $1,500 bond under the condition that he remained under pre-trial supervision and on house release, with the exception of leaving home for work, medical and legal appointments and court appearances.

When Houck's parents realized he was gone Tuesday morning, they contacted their son's defense attorney who then notified the judge.

The motel shooting victim was identified as Jeremy Gift.

Authorities say the woman that was abducted wasn't harmed.

A VSP cruiser was damaged during the pursuit. I-95 north was shut down for several hours Tuesday morning but has since reopened.

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