Cockeysville man shoots ex-fiancee, then himself Assailant dies, condition of victim remains critical

December 14, 1996|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

A Cockeysville man shot his former live-in fiancee in the head, then fatally shot himself yesterday in the parking lot of a Hunt Valley business, police said.

At 7:58 a.m. Robert Francis Kane, 54, shot Christine Ann Dillon, 44, in the parking lot of Procter & Gamble Co. at Wight Avenue and Pepper Road, near York Road in Hunt Valley.

The two had had a 15-year relationship that Dillon told police was marked by violence, and they had lived together in an apartment complex in Cockeysville until November when Dillon left to stay with relatives, according to Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey.

Yesterday morning, Toohey said, Dillon pulled into the Procter & Gamble parking lot in a 1994 teal Hyundai registered to John Anthony Gentile Jr., a friend who lives in the 3400 block of Dunhaven Road in Dundalk.

Dillon has worked at Procter & Gamble since 1989, most recently as a lab coordinator in the department that ensures product quality, company spokeswoman Kimberly Stewart said.

After Dillon pulled into the parking lot, Kane, who was unemployed, drove up in a white 1986 Ford Thunderbird -- registered to Dillon -- and blocked her with his car, Toohey said.

According to a man who was arriving at work and whom police would not identify yesterday, an argument ensued. "He argued with her, broke the car window, and shot her," Toohey said.

When police arrived, they found Dillon in the driver's seat of the Hyundai with three gunshot wounds to her head. Broken glass was on the ground.

Kane, who apparently shot himself once in the head, was found unconscious with a handgun nearby on the ground near the Hyundai, Toohey said.

Dillon was taken to St. Joseph's Medical Center, then transferred to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed yesterday afternoon in critical condition.

Kane was pronounced dead at Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson at 10:20 a.m.

Toohey said the two had lived in the Deertree Apartments and Town Homes in the 300 block of Lord Byron Lane in Cockeysville until Nov. 3. That day, Dillon was trying to move out but, according to Toohey, Kane was threatening and intimidating her.

She called police, and an officer stood by while she gathered her belongings and left, according to Toohey. She also told police that Kane had abused her in the past, although she had filed no formal complaints, Toohey said.

Pub Date: 12/14/96

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