Barricade incident at Dover apartment ends peacefully

DOVER — Dover Police peacefully resolved a barricade situation at Liberty Court Apartments Wednesday afternoon, according to spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

Officers were called to B-Building of the complex off Walker Road at 2:59 p.m. for reports of a resident breaking windows, throwing items outside of the second-floor residence and acting unruly. When officers arrived, the person inside the apartment had a hammer and refused to cooperate with officers.

Dover Police Department activated its Crisis Negotiation Team and Special Operations Team to the scene. Other assisting agencies included Kent County Paramedics, Dover Fire Department, Cheswold EMT and Kent County Emergency Services Command Post.

Police said the person began speaking with officers from the second-floor balcony at 4:41 p.m. and peacefully exited the apartment with the help of a ladder. Officers secured him without incident and he was transported to a nearby hospital for an evaluation and treatment of a condition that police said caused the abnormal behavior.

Police said the only property damaged was restricted to the apartment the subject was living in.

Dover Police did not release the name of the person due to the medical condition that caused the episode. Criminal charges are not anticipated at the present time.

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