DOVER, Pa. (WHTM) — Northern York Regional Police say a murder/suicide occurred at a Dover Township home where a heavy police presence was reported most of the day.

The York County Corner saying this is the second apparent murder-suicide in York County in fewer than 24 hours.

The victims in the Dover Township incident were a man and a woman, and police did not confirm their relationship. A report from the coroner states that the woman was 29 years old and that the man was 31 years old.

Police say they were called to the area around 8:35 a.m. for shots fired and met a witness who saw a man shoot at a woman before the two went into a home.

“I woke up to lots of police coming in the neighborhood. The roads were blocked off,” said neighbor Kelly Bebout.

Police considered it a hostage situation and were eventually able to make phone contact with the man.

Police spoke with the man over the phone for about four to five hours before they heard a shot inside the home. Officers then forced entry into the home.

“Found a deceased adult female on the landing between the second and third floor. Upon reaching the third floor, they encountered two closed bedroom doors breaching into those rooms. They discovered an adult male with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head,” said Northern York County Regional Police Chief David Lash.

“This is a very nice area; I mean you don’t expect violence, especially to this degree to happen in such a quiet area,” said Kelly Bebout, a neighbor.

The Dover Area School District lifted a “keep out condition” that was in place for several hours under the direction of law enforcement. The shooting took place at a nearby residence and not at the school.

The district says students will follow normal dismissal processes however there may be busses affected. Those families impacted will be contacted.

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Police had closed Nittany Drive, South Salem Church Road, and Strawbridge Court during the incident and told people to stay away from the school while the incident was active.

On Wednesday morning a second murder/suicide was confirmed by the York County Coroner’s Office involving a married couple in their 60s in Cordorus Township.

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