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Police: Ellicott City couple dead in murder-suicide

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Posted at 9:53 AM, May 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-17 08:06:27-04

Howard County Police said a husband and wife are dead after a murder-suicide shooting late Monday night in Ellicott City.

Detectives believe the husband, Samuel Lancelotta, shot his wife, Beth, before shooting himself.

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Police said the husband and wife, both 48-years-old, were found in the family’s backyard in the 4600 block of Sheppard Lane after 10:30 p.m. They were both flown to Shock Trauma where they later died.

Officers responded after receiving a call from one of the couple’s teenage sons. The family’s three teen children were believed to all be at home at the time of the shooting, according to a release.

The motive is still unknown.

No one else is believed to have been involved.