“Our hearts are absolutely broken over the loss of our son, brother, grandson and uncle. Our beloved Andy dedicated his life to protecting and saving others with the Baltimore City Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic. We have come to learn that he died doing the same thing, putting others first. The only survivor of this horrific tragedy told us Andy tried to protect her and Marie, and because of that, he became the first victim. We have lost someone who meant so much to us and so many family members and friends. It’s hard to imagine going forward without him, but we know Andy died a hero. That is the way he lived his life and we couldn’t be prouder of him.
“Andy’s final act of heroism was just one of many in his young life. He was awarded the 2010 ‘Chief Thomas J. Burke Courage Medal’ for courageous acts in the line of duty for rescuing a man from a fire at 205 S. Gilmor Street. Andy heard faint cries for help and despite high heat and smoke conditions, Andy was able to get to the then unconscious man and call for others to get him to safety.
“Andy also recently received recognition for spotting a three-year-old boy walking alone on the streets of Linthicum back on July 23. Andy spotted the boy on West Maple Road, he stopped, comforted the child and then called police to help get the boy home. It was no surprise to us that Andy stopped to help that little boy. Andy loved children and was a beloved uncle to his young niece and nephew.
“Investigators have told us Andy was not a target in this case. We know Andy was glowing about his recent relationship with Marie. We have been in touch with her family and our hearts are with them as well. We take some comfort knowing Andy was filled with happiness until his life was cut so tragically short.
“Our grief is overwhelming right now, but we know Andy would even try to take that away if he could. We ask that you please respect our privacy during this very difficult time. We will always love and miss our hero, Andrew Hoffman.”
UPDATE (10/27/13; 8:42 p.m. ET): Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis has issued the following statement:
“I was saddened to hear about the tragic events that unfolded this morning in Glen Burnie. This situation became even more personal when we learned that one of the victims, Andrew ‘Andy’ Hoffman was a hero we saluted, not for his work as a fireman/paramedic, but for his humanism. He is the man that found little ‘Paulie’ Marshall a few months ago. As you may remember, three-year old Paulie walked out of his home in the middle of the night. Mr. Hoffman was the kind citizen that stopped and helped reunite Paulie with his family.
“On behalf of the men and women of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, we offer our heartfelt condolences to the Hoffman family. Their loved one’s recent act of kindness averted a tragedy, and our entire community owes him a debt of gratitude. Our thoughts are also with the Hartman and Robinson families for the senseless loss of their loved ones.”
UPDATE (10/27/13; 4:25 p.m. ET): The Baltimore Police Department has issued the following statement regarding this incident:
“The Baltimore Police Department extends its deepest sympathies to the family, loved ones, and friends of those who died in this terrible incident. Any loss of any life is devastating. Those left behind have suffered an immeasurable loss and will be in the collective thoughts and prayers of the members of the Baltimore Police Department. While the criminal investigation is conducted by the Anne Arundel County Police Department, this agency has begun an immediate review to see if there is more that can be done to help those returning to civilian life from military deployments. While at present there are no indications that a military deployment was the cause of this incident, this Department recognizes the tremendous sacrifice made by the men and women who serve in the military. The BPD is committed to ensuring that those men and women are given all the assistance they require when they return home. For now, the prayers of both the Fire Department and Police Department will be with the families impacted by this tragedy.”
Officials say that Hoffman had recently begun dating Hartman, and that a love triangle seems to have sparked the incident.
Lt. T.J. Smith, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel police, said investigators have determined that this was a “domestic-related murder-suicide.”
“There is no public threat in this area. We don’t have any outstanding suspects. We don’t have any concerns for public safety,” Smith. “This is an absolute tragedy. Two young people in their twenties were the victims of this.”
Robinson had reportedly begun stalking Hartman after she broke up with him and began dating Hoffman.
UPDATE (10/27/13; 11:23 a.m. ET): Baltimore City Fire Department Chief Jeffrey Segal has issued the following statement regarding the death of Andrew Scott Hoffman:
“Our hearts are saddened with news of the tragic death of FF/PM Andrew Hoffman. A third-generation member of the Fire Department, Andrew had served the city of Baltimore since 2006. We offer sincere condolences to the Hoffman family as they grieve this terrible loss. They are in the thoughts of every member of the Baltimore City Fire Department today.”
UPDATE (10/27/13; 11:05 a.m. ET): The victims have been identified as 27-year-old Andrew Scott Hoffman and 26-year-old Marie Leanne Edith Hartmann, both of Glen Burnie. The dead suspect has been identified as 37-year-old Christopher Lee Robinson, of Abingdon.
The suspect was an active member of the Baltimore Police Department. The male victim was an active member of the Baltimore City Fire Department.
The incident appears to have been domestic in nature.
Original story below…
GLEN BURNIE – Police are on the scene of an apparent murder-suicide that claimed the lives of three people in Anne Arundel County.
At about 1:30 a.m. ET, officers responded to the 1900 block of Armistead Street for a report of a shooting.
At the scene, police found a 27-year-old male, a 37-year-old male and a 26-year-old female who were all suffering from gunshot wounds.
All three individuals were pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect in the case was one of the deceased.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting are now under investigation. A preliminary investigation revealed that there was a relationship between the suspect and the female victim.
No further details are available at this time.