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Domestic violence incident turns deadly in Chester County

Published On: Feb 01 2014 02:07:20 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 01 2014 06:24:35 PM EST

Honey Brook shooting


A domestic violence incident turned deadly early Saturday morning in Honey Brook Borough, Chester County when a woman's ex-boyfriend shot and injured the woman's brother before taking his own life.

Officials say it happened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday when 29-year-old Dustin Scott Hoffman was stalking his former girlfriend, who he has a child with. The woman fled to a residence at 4821 Horseshoe Pike in Honey Brook. Hoffman showed up at the residence and demanded that the woman come outside, according to officials.

Instead, the woman's brother arrived and told Hoffman to leave. Hoffman refused and a physical altercation started. Hoffman then pulled a gun and shot the woman's brother. The bullet went through the victim's arm and lodged in his hip. Hoffman then turned the gun on himself, committing suicide with a single shot to the head, according to officials.


The victim is in stable condition at Reading Hospital. Hoffman was pronounced dead at Brandywine Hospital.

Hoffman, a Reading resident, had a pending simple assault charge involving the same woman he was stalking, including a bail condition that he have no contact with the woman. Hoffman had prior convictions for assault, DUI, and sex offenses.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan stated, "This case is 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. Instead, her brother was shot protecting his sister and Hoffman is dead. 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."