Mentally ill man stabs multiple residents including a child in Dover

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The victims of the incident were treated at a nearby hospital with none of the injuries believed to be life-threatening.

Dover (DE): The Dover Police Department responded to an incident on Wednesday evening that involved multiple stabbings in the area of Bradley Road and Kennedy Road.

According to a news release, officers initially responded to a home in the 200 block of Bradley Road and located a 66-year-old male victim with knife wounds. While tending to the victim, officers were contacted by a subject who advised there were multiple victims at a home in the 1200 Block of Kennedy Road. Those victims included a 73-year-old female, an 11-year-old male, and a 37-year-old female.

Police say “A 29-year-old male subject had been suffering from increasingly severe symptoms of mental illness, including auditory delusions. He was inside his residence in the 200 Block of Bradley Road when he began to experience a severe episode. During this incident, the subject’s family attempted to contain him in the home, but were unsuccessful as the subject was extremely combative.”

According to police spokesman Mark Hoffman, “The male subject then fled his residence and entered another home in the 200 Block of Bradley Road, where he took a large kitchen knife and fled. The male subject then knocked on the door of another home in the 200 Block of Bradley Road. When the occupant (66-year-old male) answered the door, the subject stabbed and cut her.”

Hoffman said, “The subject then fled that residence and ran inside of a residence in the 1200 Block of Kennedy Road. Once inside, he attacked a 73-year-old woman who was sitting in a chair, stabbing her twice in the head. The subject then attacked other members in the home, including the 11-year-old male and 37-year-old female. Two family members also suffered bite wounds from the subject during the struggle.”

Hoffman added, “The subject was found deceased inside of the home in the 1200 Block of Kennedy Road as a result of injuries that occurred during the incident. The exact cause of death has yet to be determined and is pending autopsy results by the Medical Examiner.”

The victims of the incident were treated at a nearby hospital with none of the injuries believed to be life-threatening. Due to the nature of the incident, names of those involved are not being released.

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