Harrington standoff ends with no injuries

State police staging on Peck Ave near Dickerson St. in Harrington after they received reports of a possible suicidal man inside a residence. Dickerson is shown at left, Simpson St. is on the right. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

HARRINGTON – A 36-year-old man was transported to an area hospital for an evaluation Monday after a standoff that drew nearly 50 police vehicles and closed down local streets.

According to the Delaware State Police, the man was taken into custody at approximately 3:12 p.m. after exiting a single family residence in the unit block of Dickerson Street.

Authorities said the sequence began at 12:09 p.m. when Harrington Police received a call for a possible suicidal man.
Harrington Police Chief Norman Barlow said the man was alone in the residence at the time of the incident. No shots were fired and no injuries reported.

“The Delaware State Police had a lot of resources and was provided tremendous support,” Chief Barlow said.

Police said a search warrant was obtained to enter the home. A police armored truck was spotted at the scene. Capitol and Felton police units also went to area.

“Quite a few” residences in the area of the incident were evacuated as a precaution, Chief Barlow said. Several roads in the area – including from Reed to Simpson streets – were closed and motorists were advised to avoid the area and seek alternate routes of travel.

Lake Forest South Elementary School Principal Clifford Owens said students living on those streets should be picked up at school once school let out.


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