Police identify man who killed woman, then himself

Police have identified the man who shot and killed a woman before turning the gun on himself in a domestic dispute in Laurel Wednesday as 38-year-old Javan Terrance Abney, of the District, authorities said.

Abney was found fatally wounded behind a nursing home in the 9100 block of Cherry Lane just after 8 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said. Detectives believe he shot and killed himself just minutes after he shot and killed a woman with whom he had a relationship, authorities said.

Police had identified the woman Wednesday as 26-year-old Brandice Jones. She was shot and killed in front of her 10-year-old son in the 14700 block of Buckingham Court — very near where she lived, authorities said.

The 10-year-old was not hurt, authorities said.

Police said that they were still probing Jones’s relationship with her attacker, but they believed the incident stemmed from some type of domestic dispute.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.
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