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Police: Homicide Suspect Shot Himself as Officers Attempted to Arrest Him

Montgomery County Police announced tonight that a suspect in the shooting death of a Germantown man took his own life as police officers attempted to apprehend him.

MCPD announced via Twitter that at approximately 7:02 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 23, officers were attempting to arrest a man suspected of gunning down Stephen Alexander Frazier in the 12900 block of Churchill Ridge Circle 20 hours earlier.

Police say that the unidentified suspect shot himself while inside a car near the intersection of Matney Road and Great Seneca Highway in Germantown. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect was in a blue Nissan, which was surrounded by unmarked police vehicles as forensics investigators combed through the area on Tuesday night.

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.

According to police, 5th District officers and Montgomery County Fire Rescue units were called to the 12900 block of Churchill Ridge Circle at approximately 12:30 am on Tuesday. Upon arrival, first responders found Stephen Frazier suffering from an apparent gunshot wound outside. The victim was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

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.


Top: MCPD had portions of Mateny Road closed between Great Seneca Highway and Cinnamon Drive as investigators shifted through the evidence surrounding a blue Nissan.

Next: Investigators went over the every inch of the vehicle in which the suspect in murder of Stephen Alexander Frazier, allegedly shot and killed himself.

Photos by Germantown Pulse