Son of Virginia Senator Shoots and Kills Ex-Girlfriend’s New Boyfriend and Himself

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The troubled son of former state Sen. R. Edward Houck, D-Spotsylvania took his own life Tuesday after police said he fatally shot the boyfriend of his estranged wife during a confrontation at a Caroline County motel.

Authorities said Todd T. Houck, 36, of Spotsylvania, confronted the woman and her boyfriend at a motel in Bowling Green around 8 a.m.

Officials said Houck fatally shot the boyfriend, Jeremy Gift, 36, of Stafford County, then abducted his 34-year-old estranged wife and fled north on Interstate 95.

Responding to a 911 call at the Relax Inn at 18000 A.P. Hill Blvd., Caroline County police saw an SUV pull out of the parking lot and gave chase. Virginia State Police picked up the pursuit on Interstate 95 north.

After 30 miles, Houck’s vehicle came to a stop and struck a state police cruiser near mile marker 124 around 8:38 a.m. Authorities said they heard a shot fired inside the vehicle and found Houck dead of an apparently self-inflicted wound.

The woman was not harmed. Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa said her name was being withheld because she was a victim of an abduction.

“It’s a tragedy to all the families and we’ve got more victims – the family members,” Lippa said.

The elder Houck served in the Virginia Senate from 1984 to 2012, ending his public service after he was defeated in 2011 by Republican Bryce E. Reeves.

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SOURCE: JIM NOLAN
Richmond Times-Dispatch

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