A Dinwiddie associate pastor called police Monday and told them his son had taken his gun and may have shot someone, according to search warrants. Hours later he was dead, along with two others, and his son is now a suspect in all three deaths.
Search warrants show Dinwiddie police recovered a .25 caliber pistol, swabs of red stains, a cartridge case and a hat from the Dinwiddie home where Herbert Bland Sr. was found dead. Herbert Bland Jr. had two other guns in his hands when officers arrived at the home. All three belonged to Bland Sr.
Bland Sr. had shot his son in August 2010 during a dispute, but charges were never filed because the shooting was deemed self-defense. Still, relatives say they lived together in the home and had a loving relationship.
"One thing I can say is my uncle loved his son, and my cousin loved his father," said family member Antonio Tucker.
Police believe Bland Jr. also is responsible for the deaths of his ex-girlfriend, Elizabeth Fassett, and her mother Barbara Fassett in their Ettrick home earlier Monday. The double homicide wasn't discovered until hours later when a UPS delivery driver discovered a dead body just inside the doorway of their River Road home around 5:45 p.m. Officers found the second body when they went inside.
Chesterfield detectives on-scene were able to link the two cases when they heard about the Dinwiddie incident from news reports. A check with Dinwiddie police revealed a witness description of a vehicle that matched a description at the Chesterfield scene.
Barbara Fassett worked in Chesterfield's planning department. Colleagues remembered her as a hard worker, whose efforts helped spur the county's development.
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