Police investigating homicide in Stafford County

Press release from Stafford County Sheriff's Office

STAFFORD, VA – The Stafford County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in helping identify the individuals responsible for a homicide that took place last night, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 35 Fife Street in Stafford County.

Stafford deputies responded to a report of a shooting at 35 Fife Street at 7:53 PM.  Responding deputies were met at the location by an occupant of the house who told deputies that the man who had been renting an apartment in his basement had been shot and was unresponsive.  The resident of the house stated that he heard what he thought were gun shots coming from the basement.  When he went down to the basement he found the victim on the floor dead from an apparent gun shot wound.  Witnesses in the neighborhood reported seeing two men running from the basement apartment at the time of the shooting and getting into a 4-door, light colored, small or mid-size sedan.  The suspects' vehicle was last seen leaving the area by way of Courthouse Road.

The victim has been identified as Samih Mustafa Sowan, age 49 of 35 Fife Street.  The official cause of death is pending an official autopsy report from the Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Anyone who may have information about this homicide is asked the call the Stafford County Sheriff's Office at 540-658-4400, Stafford Crime Solvers at 540-659-2020 or TEXT "Stafford + your tip" to CRIMES (27463).