Sheriff: Murder, chase connected, case closed

Sheriff: Murder, chase connected, case closed

The suspect wanted in connection with a Ridgeville murder case died at the conclusion of a police pursuit in North Charleston nearly two weeks later, according to Dorchester County Sheriff L. C. Knight.

Peter Andrew Villa died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a pursuit with North Charleston Police on April 24, Knight said.

Investigators say they obtained a statement from a witness who claims Villa admitted to killing Drew Mitsuo Shumway, whose body was discovered on April 11 in a shed off Highway 61 in Ridgeville by a woman who was planning on moving onto the property. Shumway had been listed as a missing person from Berkeley County since April 6.

Deputies with Dorchester County say their investigation revealed the motive for the killing was robbery. Cell phone records show Shumway and Villa had corresponded numerous times leading up to the date of Shumway's disappearance, and that the records show Villa traveled to the area of Ridgeville where the murder occurred on the date Shumway was believed to have been killed, according to a release from the sheriff's office.

Deputies say a forensic comparison of a bullet taken from Shumway's body was made to the firearm Villa used to shoot himself and showed it was the same gun used to murder Shumway.

There is no indication of any additional suspects at this time, authorities say.

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