Scott Rogers: US TV host and British dance teacher 'shot dead by son-in-law'

Mathew Hodgkinson is in a critical condition after turning gun on himself

Scott Rogers, a US TV host and former Suffolk dance teacher has been shot dead by his son-in-law at his home in Louisiana, police have said.

Mathew Hodgkinson, 36, who is thought to be his son-in-law and also his former lover, is believed to have shot the Around Town talk show host before turning the gun on himself in a “murder and attempted suicide”, according to local police.

Mr Rogers, 52, founded the Academy of Dancing and Performing Arts in Bury St Edmunds in 1983 before moving to Iberville, Baton Rouge to present his show on WAFB-TV. He was known as Richard Scott-Rogers in the UK.

Iberville sheriff Brett Stassi said: "Rogers was found with a single gun shot wound to the head and Matthew was on the floor with a gun shot wound to the head.

"He was still alive but only because of the angle of the gun when it was shot, otherwise it would have gone straight through his brain and he would probably be dead."

Mr Stassi told the BBC:  "It looked like a murder and failed attempted suicide. Scott was shot in his bed, under the covers, tucked neatly in."

Mr Hodgkinson is in a critical condition and is being kept in a medically induced coma in hospital.

Local reports suggest that despite Mr Hodgkinson being married to Mr Rogers' biological daughter, Kimmy, he lived at the victim's home with him.

Mr Stassi said Mr Rogers was something of a local celebrity among residents in Baton Rouge, who have reacted with shock at news of his death.

In 1994, Suffolk County Council took the “unusual step” of issuing a statement at the dance school, according to the BBC.

The council said it was unhappy with the behaviour of children who went to the Academy and was concerned about the way pupils “moved their allegiance” from their parents to a “senior member” of the academy, the East Anglian Daily Times reports.

It also claimed the situation was “reminiscent of those cases in which parents sought to extricate a child from the influence of a religious, or supposedly religious, cult”.

Mr Rogers disputed the claim, describing it as "not a valid opinion”.

Mr Hodgkinson was a former pupil of the Academy.

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