Dead couple had history of strife

Glen Burnie shootings apparent homicide-suicide

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

A Glen Burnie couple fatally shot over the weekend in an apparent homicide-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.

The documented history of police complaints began last summer, when Robert Dixon called officers to report that he and his wife were fighting inside their home. The officers who responded found no evidence of physical violence, Urbas said.

Urbas said authorities were called to the home Friday afternoon, when Carolyn Dixon reported that her husband had struck her, bruising her arm. During that visit, police advised the couple of their right to gain protective orders against one another. The officers then told Robert Dixon to stay somewhere else for the night; he said he would comply.

Police again were called to the house on Phyllis Drive about an hour later, when Carolyn Dixon phoned 911 to report that her husband had returned and was threatening her. Officers again advised her to seek a protective order, Urbas said.

The following afternoon, Urbas said, Carolyn Dixon visited police headquarters, where she told an officer that Robert Dixon had assaulted her again. Her report and her injuries prompted authorities to seek a warrant for his arrest. Carolyn Dixon then visited the court commissioner's office and obtained paperwork for an order of protection.

Officers obtained their warrant and 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.

Urbas said investigators working on the case will make no statement about who was responsible for the shooting until autopsy results are released.

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