Saturday, August 2, 2014
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1 shot, 1 killed in Chesco domestic dispute

Dustin Scott Hoffman, 29.
Dustin Scott Hoffman, 29. Chester County District Attorney's Office

One person was killed early Saturday after a Chester County domestic dispute erupted in gunfire.

Investigators said Dustin Scott Hoffman, 29, was around 1:30 a.m. stalking his former girlfriend, who fled to a home located at 4821 Horseshoe Pk. in the borough of Honey Brook.

Hoffman allegedly showed up at the house and demanded the woman, who is the mother of his child, come outside. But, according to prosecutors, the woman’s brother instead came to the residence and told Hoffman to leave.

Hoffman refused, touching off a fight during which he allegedly pulled out a gun and shot the woman’s brother. The bullet passed through the victim’s arm and lodged in his hip.

Investigators said Hoffman then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide with a single shot to the head.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan issued a statement calling the case “an example of the deadly potential of domestic violence.”

“If this young woman would have come out of the residence to meet with Hoffman, she would have been murdered,” Hogan said. “Instead, her brother was shot protecting his sister and Hoffman is dead.“ 

Hoffman, a Reading resident whose birthday was just two days ago, had a pending simple assault charge that also involved his ex-girlfriend, authorities said. According to court documents, Hoffman was most recently released from the Chester County Prison Wednesday, just three days before the deadly dispute. Investigators said the terms of Hoffman's bail included a stipulation he have no contact with the woman.

Hoffman was due in court Feb. 11 for a preliminary hearing in a separate case out of Berks County, in which he was charged with firearms and drug delivery offenses. Prosecutors said Hoffman also had prior convictions for assault, DUI and sex offenses.

“This is yet another reminder that domestic violence cases can accelerate to extreme violence in a flash and must be treated seriously by the criminal justice system," Hogan said.

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

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