Dorchester County man killed in attempted murder-suicide identified

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A husband tried to kill his wife Sunday and then turned the gun on himself.

Dorchester County deputies said the domestic violence incident happened on Thomas Kate Road in the Dorchester community.

Deputies said that 88-year-old J.L. Washington chased his wife with a gun. She was able to get away, but then Washington killed himself. The wife was not injured during the altercation.

The Dorchester County coroner's office confirmed that Washington died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Domestic violence are on the rise in the Lowcountry.

My Sister's House is an organization that helps domestic violence victims in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. The group sheltered 343 victims in 2008 and helped 1,400 others.

The State Law Enforcement Division said a victim is most likely to be abused by a boyfriend or girlfriend, then by a spouse and finally by a common-law husband or wife.

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