Gunman Shoots Ex's Brother, Turns Gun on Himself: Police

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    A former boyfriend shoots the brother of his ex-girlfriend before turning the gun on himself. (Published Saturday, Feb 1, 2014)

    Police say a domestic violence incident turned deadly after a man shot his ex-girlfriend's brother and then turned the gun on himself in Chester County.

    Dustin Hoffman, 29, of Reading, Pa., (pictured) was stalking his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two children, according to investigators. Officials say Hoffman's ex fled to a home on the 4800 block of Horseshoe Pike in Honey Brook, Pa.

    Hoffman allegedly showed up at the home around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday and demanded that the woman come outside.

    Officials say the woman's brother arrived at the home and told Hoffman to leave. Hoffman refused, leading to a scuffle between the two men, according to investigators.

    During the fight, police say Hoffman pulled out a gun and shot the man. The bullet went through the victim's arm and lodged in his hip.

    Hoffman then shot himself in the head, according to investigators. He was taken to Brandywine Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

    The victim was taken to Reading Hospital where he is currently in stable condition.

    Officials say Hoffman had a pending simple assault charge involving his ex-girlfriend which included a bail condition that he have no contact with the woman. Officials also say he had prior convictions of assault, DUI and sex offenses.

    "This case is an example of the deadly potential of domestic violence," said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. "This is yet another reminder that domestic violence cases can accelerate to extreme violence in a flash and must be treated seriously by the criminal justice system."

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