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Thurmont man treated for gunshot wound after friend found dead in roadway

January 16, 2012

FREDERICK, Md. — A Thurmont, Md., man who was found with what authorities believed was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head shortly after they found the body of his friend lying on a roadway over the weekend remained hospitalized Monday.

Seth B. Fisher, 18, was listed in critical condition at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday afternoon.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 1:57 a.m. Saturday about a body on Black Road in the area of Eylers Valley Flint Road, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

When officers arrived, they found an 18-year-old Thurmont man, later identified as Brandon E. Herbert, lying dead on the road. Deputies said Herbert’s injuries were consistent with those suffered in a vehicle crash. Officers also found vehicle debris and skid marks near the body, but no vehicle was at the scene.

An investigation showed that earlier that night, Herbert was with Fisher, according to the release.

Deputies said they went to the Fisher residence in the 16000 block of Eylers Valley Road and found a Toyota truck with front-end damage consistent with the debris that was found at the crash site on Black Road.

No one answered when police knocked on the door, the release said. Authorities entered the house after a Maryland State Police trooper looked in a window and saw a man with serious injuries to his head. Police said the injuries appeared to be from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Fisher was flown to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said.

Herbert’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

— Dan Dearth

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