Police remained in an Ogletown development Thursday morning for hours following an overnight domestic shooting that left one man injured and two others dead, including the shooter.
A 34-year-old man and 31-year-old woman were found dead inside their home in the first block of Leader Drive in the Ogletown development of Newark Oaks, New Castle County police said. Another 34-year-old man, who was the woman's guest, survived the shooting.
Police have not released the names of the deceased.
The incident began when a 34-year-old man arrived home at about 12:40 a.m. and confronted the woman and her guest.
During the confrontation, police said, the man shot the woman and the guest, said Sgt. Tracey Duffy, a police spokesperson. The guest was able to call emergency operators.
First responder radio communications indicated the guest called 911 saying he was upstairs in the home and was shot. He told a 911 operator his girlfriend, who was downstairs, was also shot.
Arriving officers saw a man through one of the home's windows brandishing a handgun.
As officers approached the house, Duffy said, an exchange of gunfire occurred between the man and an officer who has been on the force for one year. No officers were injured, and it's not known if the man was struck by the officer's gunfire.
Additional officers were called to the scene, including members of the department's Special Weapons and Tactics Team who entered the house and found the guest and the woman, who was already dead.
The guest was taken to an area hospital. Police did not give his medical condition, but said he was stable.
Officers from the Crisis Negotiation Team attempted to contact the armed man but "were met with negative results," Duffy said.
Police gave a shelter-in-place order to area residents and several roads were closed as police tried to negotiate with the man, according to messages police posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.
SWAT team members later found the man inside the house with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Duffy said. He was pronounced dead.
Police lifted the shelter-in-place order and said the situation was under control.
The suspect from the shooting is currently barricaded inside the residence on Leader Drive. New Castle County SWAT, Crisis Negotiation teams and fire board personnel are assisting.
— New Castle County Police (@NCCPD_DE) September 21, 2023
As of about 5:30 a.m., Leader Drive remained closed between Midland and Brennen drives.
By about 9:15 a.m., a portion of Leader Drive was still closed off by police tape and investigators could be seen taking photos and surveying a home, where several items − including police evidence markers − could be seen on the well-kept lawn.
The yellow police tape blocked the public's entrance to three properties, beginning with a house at the intersection with Midland Drive.
At least five evidence markers could be seen along the front and side driveway of one of the three homes. An investigator was also photographing the split-level home, which had its door open.
Other debris, including at least two evidence markers, could also be seen outside a neighboring house.
Seven additional evidence markers were on the lawn and street in front of the split-level house, and a downstairs window partially hidden by bushes was broken. Fresh tire tracks on the grass indicated first responders may have driven on the lawn.
Aside from the police Thursday morning, the residential neighborhood that consists of two-story and single-story homes was relatively quiet and devoid of onlookers.
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