The death of a doctor in his Rockvile home has been deemed a homicide, Montgomery County police said Tuesday.
Investigators say the son of 51-year-old Dr. Chandrasekhar Korapati called 911 just before 6:30 a.m. July 11 to report that his father was not breathing.
It's believed Korapati died sometime after getting into a fight with his 19-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter, Montgomery County Police Capt. Jim Daly said in a release.
The circumstances at the scene led police to initially investigate Korapati's death as suspicious. The medical examiner has since ruled the death a homicide. The cause of his death has been identified as asphyxia.
The State’s Attorney’s Office is now investigating the case, but no charges have been filed at this time.
Neighbors told News4's Pat Collins that police have been called to the home several times to investigate reports of domestic violence.
"We were accustomed to seeing the police cars and the ambulance coming in," said a neighbor, who added that Korapat's wife had complained of violence.
Another neighbor said, "I just know police have come to the house on many occassions, and you know, it just was sad, because it wasn't just the two of them, it was the children."
Korapati's wife was not home at the time of the altercation, sources told Collins.