Tuesday, January 8, 2013
ETTRICK, VA—The man involved in a Dinwiddie shooting that left his father dead Monday night is now facing charges in a separate incident. Police say he may have killed his ex-girlfriend and her mother in their home the same night.
Police say a UPS worker was delivering a package to a Chesterfield home around 5:45 p.m. Monday evening; he discovered shattered glass and a body lying in the doorway of the home, located in the 5200 block of River Road near Beverly Street.
The UPS worker called police, who then found a second body inside the home.
The victims have been identified as 65-year-old Barbara Fassett and her daughter, 42-year-old Elizabeth S. Fassett. Both women lived together in the River Road home.
Barbara Fassett worked for the Chesterfield County Planning Department for 23 years. She had just retired last February.
Police have obtained arrest warrants for 23-year-old Herbert C. Bland, Jr. of the 20000 block of Harris Drive in Dinwiddie, who they believed killed both women. Bland faces charges of two counts of first degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Police have reason to believe that Bland was Elizabeth Fassett's ex-boyfriend, and that they two endured a rocky relationship in the past.
"There was some history of domestic violence in the relationship but I don't know all the particulars on that," relayed Maj. Terry Patterson of the Chesterfield Police Department.
Bland is currently being treated at VCU Medical Center for a gunshot wound he received Monday evening in the altercation with his father, which left 63-year-old Rev. Herbert Bland, Sr. dead.
Neighbors of the River Road home tell 8News they heard a gunshot and thought it was someone hunting.They also told 8News they are not used to this type of crime in their quiet community.
Annette Eads lives down the street from the Fassett home, and worked with Barabara for 12 years.
"Barabara was one of those people that was a positive influence in people's lives," said Eads. "[She] would not do anything that would cause you to suspect that someone would have an issue with her...this is just not an ending you would picture for someone like Barbara Fassett."