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Deaths of son, father in Lancaster County are ruled homicide, suicide

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 4, 2017 2:32 AM
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(Lancaster) -- Authorities say they believe a man shot and killed his adult son and then himself several days before their bodies were found in a Lancaster County home last week.

A probation and parole officer found the bodies of 57-year-old Scott Halstead and 29-year-old Justin Halstead in the Hempfield Hill Estates mobile home park in West Hempfield on Wednesday.

District Attorney Craig Stedman says both died of gunshot wounds to the head.

County coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni has ruled the younger man's death a homicide and the older man's death a suicide.

He says a probation officer was sent because the younger man had failed to appear in court.

He adds the motive is unknown but father and son were close -- noting the case "a real tragedy."

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