January 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm EST | by Steve Charing
Maryland couple dead in murder-suicide
Michael Allen Nelson, murder, gay news, Washington Blade

Michael Allen Nelson was arrested a week prior to being found dead in his home. (Photo courtesy of Anne Arundel County Police)

Michael Allen Nelson, 51, and Thomas Alan Goat, 52, were found dead in the top level of their home in the Marley section of Glen Burnie on Monday. Anne Arundel County’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has ruled the cause and manner of death as a homicide/suicide with both victims dead as a result of gunshot wounds.

“The two were believed to be involved in a domestic relationship. At this time, there is no motive in the shooting,” according to a police statement. Sources believe that the two men were gay.

At approximately 5 p.m. on Jan. 27, officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Northern District responded to the unit block of Wendover Road in Glen Burnie for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers learned the home was set up like an apartment with two separate living areas.

The residents in the lower portion of the home called police. The witnesses reported that they heard shots in the upper portion of the home. Police concluded the two men were residents of the upper portion of the house.

Nelson, the apparent shooter, had been involved in a criminal case one week earlier. According to police reports, on Jan. 19, police responded to a complaint by a 27-year-old woman in the area of Wendover Road and Summit Avenue in Glen Burnie. She alleged a man had a gun pointed at her car window and yelled for the victim to get out of the area. The victim immediately called 911.

Upon canvassing the area, the suspect was immediately located, stopped and detained. Officers recovered a loaded Taurus PT Semi-Automatic handgun from the suspect, who was determined to be Michael Allen Nelson and who appeared to be intoxicated. Nelson was transported to Northern District and charged with first-degree assault and second-degree assault. He was due to appear in court next week.

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