CUMBERLAND, Md. -
The Allegany County Combined Criminal Investigations Unit has arrested a Cumberland man for allegedly killing his wife.
Today, officials said they have 78-year-old Clarence Frech, Jr. in custody in connection to the murder of 76-year-old Sheila Frech.
Last month, Cumberland Police found Frech, Jr. and his wife lying on a bed. The wife died, and the man was unresponsive but still breathing. He was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center in critical condition for further treatment.
Investigators then determined that the suspect shot the victim first before turning the gun on himself.
Frech, Jr. who has been under medical care in the incident, was arrested after his medical release. He is charged with murder and the use of a firearm.
A 78-year-old man is in serious condition for turning a gun on himself after he shot and killed his wife, according to Cumberland officials.
Allegany County law enforcement officials said they responded a call of victim with gun shot wounds on Sunday morning in the 1900-block of Frederick Street.
“Once on the scene, officials found there were two subjects there,” Lt. Brian Lepley, Cumberland Police Department, said.
Upon arrival, officials said they found 76-year-old Sheila Frech and 78-year-old Clarence Frech laying on the bed with gunshots. The female victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The female subject, who was deceased, had suffered two gunshot wounds to her chest,” Lt. Lepley said.
Officials said the other victim, Clarence Frech, Jr., was unresponsive but still breathing. He also had two shot wounds in his mid-section.
Investigators said they found notes left by the husband, leading to officials to determine Clarence Frech Jr. was the one who had shot his wife and himself.
“Once investigators arrived on scene, it was learned that several notes had been left by male subject. After reading the notes, it became clear the male subject apparently shot his female companion and then turned the gun on himself,” Lt. Lepley said.
Frech, Jr. was transported to the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Officials said he is currently in critical condition.