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Lancaster County DA gives more details of two incidents leading up to three deaths

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WEST HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP, Lancaster County -- Law enforcement officials have released the names of some of the people involved in two separate fatal incidents that occurred Wednesday afternoon in West Hempfield Township.

"Certainly a tragic day in Lancaster County," said Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman.

The first incident occurred just after 1 p.m. on the 600 block of Hempfield Hill Road. West Hempfield police responded to a residence for a well-being check found two men -- a father and son -- dead in the home.

The deceased are Scott Halstead, 57, and Justin Halstead, 29. Both were residents of the Hempfield Hill Road address.

Stedman said, "Both men were killed by gunshot wounds to the head area. The son was in bed face down."

Lancaster County probation and parole officials requested police check on the home after correspondences and appointments with Justin were unanswered.

Neighbors said the father and son kept to themselves.

Shirley Brock, a neighbor, said, "I was really shocked. I couldn't believe this happened. And I've been here like 17-18 years."

The men had been dead for a period of time, possibly days. Autopsies are scheduled for Friday; determinations on causes and manners of the deaths could follow those examinations, the DA said.

According to the district attorney's office, the preliminary assessment of the case is that Scott Halstead shot his son, then himself. No one else is believed to be involved in the deaths of the men.

A motive for the shootings is still being investigated, the district attorney's office said.

Wednesday's second incident was reported just before 1:30 p.m. Police responded to the report of a shooting on the 300 block of Main Street in Mountville.

Police determined four individuals -- two women and two men -- were at the home when the shootings happened.

One of the individuals, Darren Hatcher, 37, was deceased. Police determined that he was the only person who fired shots.

Hatcher, of Marietta, first assaulted his estranged wife, then shot a 20-year-old man in the leg. Hatcher then shot himself in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A firearm was recovered from the scene, the district attorney's office said.

Police determined there was domestic turmoil between Hatcher, his estranged wife and the 20-year-old man, who was the wife’s boyfriend. Hatcher had recently been served with a protection-from-abuse order earlier in the day.

Stedman said, "By what he did afterwards, this did not sit well with him."

A second woman at the home, a relative of the wife, was not injured.

The district attorney's office is not releasing the names of the women or the 20-year-old man.

Hatcher's wife, 41, of the Main Street address, was treated at a hospital and released.

The wounded man was treated at a hospital and released Thursday.

Columbia, East Hempfield Township and Manor Township police provided assistance at the scenes.

West Hempfield police and the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office are still investigating both incidents. No charges have been filed in either incident, according to Stedman.

Neither investigation is concluded, according to the district attorney's office. Anyone with information is asked to contact West Hempfield Township police (717-285-5191) or submit through the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office CrimeWatch page.