Brockton Stabbing Murder Suspect Dies After Telling Police He Drank Battery Acid
BROCKTON -- The man suspected of stabbing a woman to death in her driveway in Brockton on Wednesday has died after telling investigators he ingested battery acid, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office.
Brockton police received a 911 call reporting a woman bleeding in the driveway of her 342 Crescent Street home just after 1 p.m. Wednesday.
First responders arrived to find the female victim on the ground with what the D.A.'s office called "obvious trauma to the head."
Later identified as 48-year-old Veronica Goncalves, the stabbing victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brockton and state police began an investigation that led them to suspect Goncalves was targeted by her former boyfriend, 56-year-old Joao Correia, who allegedly stabbed her, according to the D.A.'s office.
Police found Correia inside an apartment where they said bloody clothing was also discovered.
Correia was taken to the police station for an interview, at which point he told investigators that he had ingested battery acid and then suffered a medical episode, the D.A.'s office said.
The suspect was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital before he was medflighted to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
By 9:36 p.m. Wednesday, Correia was pronounced dead.
The D.A.'s office said the Chief Medical Examiner's office will determine the cause of his death.
The investigation is ongoing.