Man shoots mother before turning gun on himself

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says a 54-year-old man fatally shot his mother before turning the gun on himself.

An employee at a Winn Dixie in Brooksville called authorities to say 80-year-old Elizabeth “Bettie” Jacobson had not shown up for work Saturday. The employee asked for a deputy to check on Jacobson.

When deputies arrived, they had to force their way into the home because the front door was locked. That’s when authorities say they found the body of Jacobson and her son, Phillip Hayden.

The sheriff’s office issued a release Sunday saying that a preliminary investigation shows that Hayden shot his mother with a handgun, killed two of her dogs and then killed himself.

The case is still under investigation.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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