Sheriff: Father kills son in murder-suicide

Update on death investigation in Hanover

MECHANICSVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Two people were found dead in a home in Mechanicsville on Tuesday.

Neighbors are filled with questions after Hanover County Sheriff Deputies find two bodies in a home in the 7500 block of Cold Harbor Road Tuesday morning in a murder-suicide.

Deputies said William Louis Simpson, 84, shot and killed his son William Louis Simpson Jr, 59, before turning the gun on himself.

“I heard a really loud knock at the door and I looked out the window and I saw cops lined up and down our road,” Neighbor Christina Duncan said.

Christina Duncan has lived next door to the home for 45 years. Deputies say they found the bodies after a 911 hang up call.

“Once deputies arrived on scene we were unable to make contact with anyone inside of the residence. After a short while on scene we located an unlocked door,” Sergeant James Cooper of the Hanover Sheriff’s Office said.

The sheriff’s office said it is not seeking any suspects and the incident appears to be isolated and that there is no threat to the community.

Christina says she spent many days with the father and his wife died years ago.

“Growing up William would blow my tires up. I would be in the shed and he would come in and work with me. As a little kid he was nice to me,” Duncan said.

The bodies have been sent to the Medical Examiners officer for official autopsies.

Death investigation under way in Hanover County

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