Smyrna barricade situation ends with man’s surrender

SMYRNA — A 60-something-year-old man apparently shot himself before surrendering to end a residential barricade incident Monday night, authorities said.

The man was undergoing medical treatment Tuesday and Smyrna Police spokesman Cpl. Brian Donner said “his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.” A psychiatric evaluation was also planned following transport by police and EMS, according to authorities.

The sequence began around 7:15 pm. when police were called to a home in the 500 block of Owens Brook drive for what was described as domestic related. The situation escalated when an armed man barricade himself inside shortly after officers arrived, Cpl. Donner said.

Police established a perimeter around the home and about five nearby residences were evacuated and attempts to communicate with the man commenced.

The man reportedly discharged a firearm once toward himself, injuring his upper body, police said. The siege ended around 8:30 p.m. when the then-unarmed man surrendered peacefully, police said.

A firearm was recovered from the home, police said.
It was unclear if the man lived alone, Cpl. Donner said. A female was present at the time of the call and was unharmed, police said.

Clayton and Delaware State Police responded to the incident. Police remained at the scene for about an hour after the standoff ended.

The circumstances surrounding what led up to this incident remain under investigation,” Cpl. Donner said. “Any charges that may be filed will occur at a later date after the subject receives medical and psychiatric clearance.”

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