A domestic disturbance late Wednesday night in Newberry ended with an apparent suicide and an injured officer.
Two Newberry Police Department officers responded to Fulmer Street after being summoned by one participant in a domestic fight just before midnight.
As the police approached the front door, the other participant in the fight, alone in the home, reportedly fired a weapon, injuring one officer in the arm, Capt. Kevin Atkins said.
Newberry County Coroner Craig Newton identified the suspect as William Blair Frazier, 30. He lived at the Fulmer Avenue residence.
The department called for assistance and the home was surrounded by officers from the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division, SC Highway Patrol, Newberry County Sheriff’s Department and Newberry Police Department.
Officers over the next few hours attempted unsuccessfully to convince Frazier to leave the home. Around 3 a.m., a SLED robot entered the home and found Frazier dead from suicide.
An autopsy conducted Thursday morning confirmed that Frazier died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Atkins said.
He described the wounded officer as a veteran with more than 20 years on the force. He is listed as stable at a local hospital. The responding officers’ identities have not been released.