Chester D.A.: Stalker kills self

Posted: February 03, 2014

A 29-year-old man stalked his ex-girlfriend, shot and wounded her brother, then killed himself early Saturday morning in Honey Brook Borough, Chester County authorities said.

Dustin Scott Hoffman was stalking his ex-girlfriend, with whom he has a child, when she went to a house on the 4800 block of Horseshoe Pike, Chester County District Attorney Thomas P. Hogan said in a news release.

Hoffman, who lived in Reading, showed up at the home around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, demanding the woman come outside. Hoffman was out on bail - with an order to have no contact with the woman - because of a simple assault charge involving her, according to the District Attorney's Office. He also had convictions for assault, drunk driving, and sex offenses.

The woman's brother arrived and told Hoffman to leave. The two struggled, and Hoffman fired a shot through the brother's arm, with the bullet lodging in the man's hip.

Hoffman then killed himself with a single shot to the head, the district attorney said. He was pronounced dead at Brandywine Hospital.

The woman's brother was taken to Reading Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

Hogan said in the news release the case highlighted 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. Instead, her brother was shot protecting his sister and Hoffman is dead," Hogan said. "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."


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