GBI investigates traffic stop that ended in apparent suicide

GBI, Chatham Co. Sheriff on scene of an apparent suicide in Port Wentworth.

PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WSAV) – Officials are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred Monday morning off of Highway 21.

According to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, a suspect shot and killed himself during a routine traffic stop around 4:35 a.m.

The driver of a 2000 Buick Century, identified as Steven Michael Holmes of Portsmouth, Virginia, was reportedly failing to maintain a lane.

GBI, Chatham Co. Sheriff on the scene of an apparent suicide in Port Wentworth.

Officials say the car exited the highway onto Traveler’s Way. A deputy approached the stopped vehicle and saw Holmes suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

He was unresponsive and had all four doors locked with the windows rolled up, according to CCSO.

EMS arrived and pronounced Holmes dead around 4:48 a.m.

Sheriff Wilcher, CCSO, believes the suspect committed suicide.

Wilcher says the Holmes was out on parole and had a lengthy criminal history.

Sheriff Wilcher, CCSO, holds a press conference on Monday’s apparent suicide in Port Wentworth.

He believes he committed suicide to avoid going back to prison.

Holmes would have been a felon in possession of a firearm. According to Wilcher, the car Holmes’ was driving was stolen from North Carolina.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation Statesboro Office responded to the scene and is investigating the incident.

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