Eastern Shore Murder-Suicide Leaves Teens Without Parents

The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation into a shooting that left a married couple from Linkwood dead. Police say they found the body’s of Michael Brittingham and his wife, Jennifer Brittingham, in a car along Airey’s Road. The husband and wife were both in their 30s and leave behind three teenage children.

Police say Michael Brittingham asked his wife to go for a ride with him. He then drove to the driveway of a gun club and at some point shot and killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself. Neighbors say they noticed the car and thought it was suspicious. Later in the evening someone flagged down a passing police officer to tell him about the suspicious car, and that is when the bodies were discovered.

Authorities say sheriff’s deputies, along with Maryland State Police troopers, accompanied the grandparents as they went to tell the children what happened to their parents. Two of the children attend North Dorchester High School and the third child goes to North Dorchester Middle School. The principal of North Dorchester High says the children are very well liked and very active within the school. Grief counselors have been brought in for anyone who may need them.

The sheriff’s office says it was called to the family’s home once for a domestic violence issue. Three weeks ago, Jennifer Brittingham filed for a protective order against her husband. According to police, Mrs. Brittingham never showed up at the hearing.