A Newberry Police officer is in stable condition after he was shot in the arm while responding to a domestic dispute. Officers say they later found the shooter dead from a self-inflicted gunshot.
31-year-old William Frazier was found dead inside a house on Fulmer Avenue after a stand-off with state and local law enforcement officials. Frazier’s fiancée told police Thursday that the two of them got into an argument Wednesday night which quickly escalated into a physical altercation. Summer Schumpert said Frazier attacked her, but she was able to escape through a back door and managed to call police from a neighbor’s house.
Schumpert says Frazier told her that he was going to kill her, kill the police, and then kill himself. Frazier wounded one of the two officers who responded. The man’s name was not released, although the Newberry County Coroner’s Office did say he was a 20-year veteran. The other officer was not injured.
After that, officers from SLED, the Highway Patrol, and the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office responded and unsuccessfully attempted to convince Frazier to leave the home. Around 3 a.m. Thursday, a SLED robot entered the home and found Frazier dead from suicide.
Schumpert said she and Frazier were planning to get married in April and were going to pick out wedding cakes on Thursday. Schumpert said Frazier had never been violent with her before, though his record does show multiple arrests for assault and drug possession.
SLED will investigate the incident, as it was an officer-involved shooting.