Reported Raleigh suicide becomes homicide case

From staff reportsJanuary 13, 2014 

— A death first reported as a suicide has brought a charge of murder against a Raleigh man.

Police responded on Saturday to a 911 report that a man had stabbed himself at 4129-206 Lake Lynn Drive. The injured man – Andrew Jay Tongate, 28 – was pronounced dead at WakeMed in Raleigh, according to police.

Two days later, police arrested Tongate’s housemate on a charge of murder, according to police. Gavin Joseph Zacherl, 31, had been on the scene when emergency responders arrived, police said.

In a recorded 911 call, an unidentified person reports the stabbing. “My boyfriend has been doing methamphetamines and stabbed himself,” the caller reports; a dispatcher had the caller attempt CPR on the victim for several minutes until authorities arrived, according to the recording.

Zacherl was on his way to the Wake County Detention Center as of about 5:45 p.m. Monday. His bond hadn’t yet been set.

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