Anne Arundel County police today were investigating an apparent murder-suicide of a Glen Burnie couple whose bodies were found shortly before 4 a.m. in their home in the 400 block of Blossom Lane.
The incident was one of two apparent murder-suicides early today in the Baltimore area.
The second occurred in the 2800 block of Cub Hill Road in Baltimore County.
Police said Frank E. Simmons, 46, and his wife, Andrea Dora Simmons, 33, were found dead in the master bedroom of their Glen Burnie home.
The motive was not known, although police said the couple had been seeking a divorce, and Mr. Simmons had said he would not move from the house until it was final.
The couple's two sons, aged 14 and 12, were released to relatives. Neither was injured in the shootings.
Police spokeswoman Terry Robey said the couple's 14-year-old son called 911 at 1:42 a.m. from a telephone booth a block from his home and said he and his brother had been chased from their home by their father, who was wielding a .32-caliber pistol.
The boy told police he heard two shots from the house as they ran.
After several attempts to contact the armed man by telephone and bullhorn, a heavily armed police Special Operations Squad entered the house at 3:50 a.m. and found the two bodies.
Police found a .22-caliber rifle and a .32-caliber handgun in the bedroom.
Police said the investigation indicated the husband killed his wife before taking his own life.
In the Baltimore County shooting, police said James Edward Bowser, 24, apparently shot and killed his estranged wife, Michelle, Denise Bowser, 25, during an argument.
The couple had recently separated and had argued over custody of their two daughters, aged 7 years and 6 months, police said.
Police spokesman Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger said Mr. Bowser, entered the house on Cub Hill Road with a shotgun and began arguing with his wife.
When Mr. Bowser's mother, who also lives in the house, pleaded with him to put down the gun, he ordered her to "get the two kids out of the house," police said.
The older woman, whose name was unavailable, took the 7-year-old to a relative's house next door. The relative called police at 4:47 a.m. while the mother returned to plead again with her son to put down his gun.
As police arrived, officers heard two shotgun blasts from inside the house, then saw Mr. Bowser's mother running from the house carrying the 6-month-old child, Sgt. Doarnberger said.
Police then heard a third shot. When they entered the house, they found Mrs. Bowser dead in a bedroom, shot twice.
Mr. Bowser's body was found in another bedroom, shot once. A 12-gauge shotgun was recovered at the scene.