Murder USA: Virginia politician’s son’s last criminal act: murdered estranged wife’s boyfriend; kidnapped her; shot self

Todd Houck son of Va State Sen Edd Houck. Photo courtesy of NBC4

Todd Houck son of Va State Sen Edd Houck. Photo courtesy of NBC4

Virginia politician’s criminal son’s last act:
Police say Todd Houck committed suicide on I-95 during kidnapping after murdering wife’s boyfriend in no-tell motel

BOWLING GREEN, VA. — A murder-suicide played out in Bowling Green on Sept. 22nd, with the suicide of a man in a lover’s triangle who killed his wife’s new boyfriend in a no-tell motel and then killed himself after kidnapping the woman.

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The Caroline County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that its Emergency Communications Center dispatched a “shots fired” call at approximately 8:13 am on Sept. 22, 2015. Caroline County deputies responded to the Relax Inn motel just north of Bowling Green.

Police say that while deputies were en route to the scene, the deputies witnessed an SUV with a male driver and female passenger fleeing the motel. The suspect refused to stop and led deputies on a high-speed pursuit. The pursuit led authorities westbound on Route 207 and then north on I95 at the Carmel Church interchange. At that point, the pursuit was joined by Virginia State Troopers. The deputies and troopers were able to use their vehicles to bring the suspect to a stop near the 124-mile marker in Spotsylvania County.

At that time, Deputies reported hearing a gunshot inside the suspect’s vehicle. The driver, 36 year Todd T. Houck, of Fredericksburg, was pronounced dead at the scene with what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No shots were fired by law enforcement.

Houck is the son of Virginia politician and former State Senator Edd Houck. The dead man has an extensive criminal record, say police.

The kidnap victim in that vehicle was not injured. Meanwhile, Investigators also discovered the deceased body of a 36-year-old Jeremy D. Gift, of Stafford, at the motel where the 911 call originated. Both the Virginia State Police and the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office are involved with the ongoing investigation.


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