A physician found dead in his Rockville home last week died of asphyxia and his death has been ruled a homicide, Montgomery County police officials said Tuesday, citing autopsy findings by the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Authorities have not said what charges, if any, will be filed in case. The term homicide can cover a range of actions – from premeditated murder to manslaughter to justifiable self-defense.

About 6:30 a.m. Thursday, police were called to the home of Chandrasekhar Korapati, in the 9800 block of Juniper Hill Road. Korapati’s 19-year-old son had called 911 to report that his father wasn’t breathing. Detectives talked to the son, as well as Korapati’s 20-year-old daughter, police said. Korapati’s wife was not home at the time of the incident, said Capt. Jim Daly, a Montgomery police spokesman.

Detectives are reviewing the case with county prosecutors.