Photo: Gregory J. Stephens
LIVERMORE — A man was arrested on suspicion of murdering his domestic partner during the Labor Day holiday weekend. The suspect was reported to authorities by family members after he allegedly confessed to them.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a residence on the 9200 block of Telsa Road on September 6 at 2:22 p.m. This tragedy occurred in a rural unincorporated area on the outskirts of Livermore.
The suspect identified as Gregory J. Stephens, 38, was seen repeatedly going in and out of the residence. Deputies learned there were possibly several firearms inside the home and suspected that Stephens was armed.
On the ground near the front door, deputies located a woman suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim identified as 51-year-old Kellie Henry was pronounced dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, the suspect went back into the residence one more time and started threatening to kill himself. More units were dispatched to the scene, including a county crisis intervention unit.
Livermore police and California Highway patrol officers also responded. Aerial drones, a K-9 unit and a helicopter from the East Bay Regional Park District Police were dispatched as well.
Nearly three hours later, after speaking with Stephens by phone several times, authorities convinced Stephens to surrender. He was arrested without further incident when he came outside the home at 5:15 p.m.
Stephens was transported to Santa Rita Jail, where he remains in custody ineligible for release on bond. His charge is first degree murder.