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UPDATED: Former senator’s son shoots self on I-95 after Stafford man’s murder

© Leesburg Today - 09/22/2015

The son of former state Senator Edd Houck shot and killed himself on Interstate 95 Tuesday after, state police say, he killed a romantic rival at a hotel in Caroline County, abducted his estranged partner and led troopers on a chase.

I-95 north near Massaponax remained shut down as of 12:30 p.m. as the investigation continued.

State police say Todd T. Houck, 36, shot Stafford County resident Jeremy Gift, also 36, at the Relax Inn in Bowling Green early Tuesday, abducted a 34-year-old woman and drove 14 miles to Interstate 95, where state police closed in.

As troopers boxed in Houck's vehicle, he rammed a cruiser. ""Then a gunshot was heard from inside the vehicle,"" said state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Police say Houck died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the scene.

The abduction victim, a 34-year-old woman, was not harmed and was able to get out safely, Geller said.

Police say the incident began around 8 a.m.

Houk had a long criminal history, including being charged with abducting and sexually assaulting 14-year-old girl when he was 18, according to the Free Lance-Star. He pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

His father, Edd Houck, served as a state senator for Spotsylvania  from 1984 to 2011.

The Virginia Department of Transportation says northbound I-95 traffic is being detoured at exit 118/Thornburg to U.S. 1 northbound. From U.S. 1, travelers can re-enter I-95 northbound at exit 126/Spotsylvania.

""Motorists should expect significant delays in this area through midday,"" VDOT said.

Traffic signal timing on U.S. 1 has been adjusted for additional northbound traffic.

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