(RHODESDALE, MD) -- A man is dead and his wife is in the hospital after an apparent violent domestic situation earlier this week ended in a homicide in Dorchester County.

The deceased is identified as Eugene W. Tolley, 59, of the 5700-block of Galestown Reliance Rd., Rhodesdale, Md. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The injured person is identified as Nancy J. Tolley, 57, the deceased’s wife, of the same address. She is undergoing treatment at Dorchester General Hospital for an injury to her head and other complications.

No charges have been filed at this time. The Dorchester County state’s attorney has been briefed on the preliminary investigation and is expected to present evidence in this case to a Grand Jury for consideration of charges.

Just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday, Maryland State Police at the Easton Barrack received a 911 call from a female at the victim’s address reporting a shooting. The caller identified herself as the victim’s wife.

Arriving troopers found a man, later identified as Eugene Tolley, lying in the driveway. He appeared to have sustained at least one gunshot wound. A handgun was found on the ground not far from the body. EMS personnel responded and pronounced the victim deceased.

Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators responded to conduct the investigation. They were assisted by personnel from the State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, the Crime Scene Unit and Easton Barrack personnel.

The preliminary investigation indicates the victim and his wife became involved in a domestic argument early Sunday morning in the garage of their home. Investigators developed information indicating the victim may have been assaulting his wife, which included inflicting the injury to her head. While he was continuing to threaten her, preliminary evidence indicates Mrs. Tolley retrieved a gun from the house and shot her husband as he approached her.

Investigators are looking into a history of domestic violence involving the victim. Further information is being obtained from scene evidence and ongoing interviews.


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