Montgomery County Police have identified the male who committed suicide as he was about to be arrested by police last night.
Police say 18-year-old Valentino Pritchett, of an unconfirmed address, shot himself as detectives were attempting to arrest him in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Stephen Frazier less than 24 hours earlier on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
According to police, investigators developed Pritchett as a suspect after the murder of Frazier on Churchill Ridge Circle at 12:30 am on Tuesday. Later that day, officers located Pritchett traveling in a vehicle in the area of Great Seneca Highway and Mateny Road in Germantown. As officers approached the blue Nissan in an attempt to arrest him, Pritchett shot himself. Officers rendered first aid and called for the assistance of Fire & Rescue personnel. Pritchett was declared deceased at the scene.
The vehicle was surrounded by undercover police vehicles near the intersection of Mateny Road and Great Seneca Highway in Germantown. Pritchett was declared deceased at the scene. A search of Maryland Case search contained one listing for Pritchett with an address on Harmony Woods Lane which is just off Mateny Road roughly 1,000-yards from where police attempted to apprehend Pritchett.
Germantown Pulse has learned that Pritchett was a former student at Roberto Clemente Middle School and the MCPS Alternative Education program. Police said that Pritchett was also wanted in connection to another attempted murder.
The incident created some traffic issues as police closed Mateny Road between Great Seneca Highway and Cinnamon Road for several hours as detectives and crime scene investigators worked to clear the scene. The incident created a large police turnout with police vehicles lining Great Seneca Highway.
For much of Tuesday evening residents along Quiet Oak Lane, and Pine Ridge Lane were unable to drive to their residences as police closed the road. The area was opened to traffic after 9:30 pm.
The shootings remain part of an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.
Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding case. Anyone with information regarding this homicide is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.
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