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Questions Linger After Murder-Suicide

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AIREY, Md.- The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation into a shooting that left a married couple from Linkwood dead.

Police say on Tuesday evening they found the body's of Michael Brittingham and his wife, Jennifer Brittingham, in a car along Airey's Road. The husband and wife were both in their 30s and leave behind three teenage children.

Police say early Tuesday morning Michael Brittingham asked his wife to go for a ride with him. Police say he then drove to the driveway of a gun club and at some point shot and killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself. The car then sat in the driveway all day. Neighbors say they noticed the car and thought it was suspicious. Later in the evening someone flagged down a passing police officer to tell him about the suspicious car, and that is when the bodies were discovered.

"I was thinking something's not right, you know. You don't really know what you're going to walk up on," said George Thompson, who lives right across the street from where the car was discovered.

Authorities say sheriff's deputies, along with Maryland State Police troopers, accompanied the grandparents as they went to tell the children what happened to their parents. WBOC has learned that two of the children attend North Dorchester High School. The other child goes to North Dorchester Middle School. The principal of North Dorchester High says the children are very well liked and very active within the school. Grief counselors have been brought in for anyone who may need them.

The sheriff's office says it has had to be called to the family's home once before for a domestic violence issue. Three weeks ago, Jennifer Brittingham filed for a protective order against her husband. According to police, Mrs. Brittingham never showed up at the hearing.

 

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