NORTH ATTLEBORO — The suspect identified in the shooting death of a 37-year-old Rhode Island woman at the Fashion Crossing Plaza Saturday night has been found dead from an apparent suicide.

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III says the suspect, 32-year-old Steven Fregeolle, of Johnston, Rhode Island, was found dead by police Sunday night in the Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve in Charlestown, Rhode Island.

The DA’s Office says investigators had been actively seeking the suspect Sunday until a Narragansett Police K-9 officer and his police dog located Fregeolle’s body in the preserve at around 6:30 p.m.

An arrest warrant charging Fregeolle with murder was issued earlier Sunday. The warrant connected him to the fatal Saturday night shooting of Brandi Berg, of Riverside, Rhode Island.

DA Quinn says Fregeolle’s abandoned vehicle was located Sunday morning by police in Charlestown, Rhode Island in the area he was later found dead - the Francis C. Carter Memorial Preserve.

Fregeolle also has known connections to Johnston and Exeter, Rhode Island.

At around 6:00 p.m. Saturday night, North Attleboro Police responded to a reported shooting in the parking lot at the shopping plaza.  When first responders arrived, they quickly located Berg, who was non-responsive and injured from apparent gunshot wounds she sustained while inside her vehicle.

Berg was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where she was pronounced dead.

North Attleboro Police, Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office and homicide unit prosecutors continue to actively investigate the homicide.


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