Police: Chesapeake man shoots, kills parents before turning on aunt and uncle

Posted at 3:49 AM, Apr 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-10 05:28:14-04

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - Chesapeake Police are still investigating after a son shoots his mother and father, killing them.

Steven Julian

On Sunday evening at approximately 7:24 p.m., Chesapeake Police were called to Chadswyck Road for a man threatening to shoot his aunt and uncle.

Officers got to the scene and learned from the homeowners that their nephew, 23-year-old Steven Julian, had pointed a gun at them threatening to shoot.

The homeowners, Michael and Ava Dunlow, were unharmed as Michael Dunlow disarmed the nephew and detained him until police got on scene.

Michael Dunlow tells News 3 his nephew held the gun up to his face and he was only able to disarm Julian after talking him down.

As officers took Julian into custody, he told them he had shot and killed his parents. Police went to their address on Emberhill Lane and found the suspect's parents, Clark and Sally Julian, dead.

Dunlow says the couple were 'good Christian people' and very involved at their church; Deep Creek Baptist. Church leaders confirmed the Julian's were members since 2003 and that Clark Julian was an usher.

“When you come and you’re greeted by a guy like Clark who’s always smiling – [before you hear a song or a remark from the pastor] – he’s already lifted your spirits," said Larry Ryals, Associate Pastor at Deep Creek. "[Sally would] always keep a little space for him and they’d always sit together in church.”

The couple leaves behind another son, Alex.

Dunlow says Steven Julian attended James Madison University and at one point wanted to be doctor.

Steven Julian has been charged with two counts of 1st degree Murder and two counts of Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony.

Julian is being held in the Chesapeake Correctional Center as he awaits his judicial proceedings which have been transferred to Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.