Couple found dead had history of domestic strife

December 21, 2004|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

A Glen Burnie couple fatally shot over the weekend in an apparent murder-suicide had a history of domestic violence complaints, Anne Arundel police said yesterday.

Police found Carolyn Dixon, 64, and Robert Dixon, 63, dead inside their home Saturday night, one day after officers were twice called to the home for disturbances, said Sgt. Shawn Urbas, a police spokesman.

A history of police complaints that began last summer continued Friday afternoon, Urbas said, when authorities were called to the home. Police again were called to the house on Phyllis Drive about an hour later by Carolyn Dixon.

On Saturday afternoon, Urbas said, Carolyn Dixon visited police headquarters, where she told an officer that Robert Dixon had assaulted her.

Officers sought to arrest Robert Dixon at the family's home a few hours later, where they found him, Carolyn Dixon and the family dog dead from gunshot wounds.

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