Three people are dead including two suspects who police say committed suicide after opening fire in a Clayton home, killing a male resident early Sunday afternoon.
CLAYTON (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Delaware State Police are investigating a murder/suicide that occurred in a Clayton home early Sunday afternoon.
Police say troopers were dispatched to the home in the 300 block of Hopewell Drive for a report of someone shot around 1:00 p.m.
While troopers were enroute to the home, dispatchers believed the suspects were still in the home armed, so the Delaware State Police Special Operations Team and Conflict Management Team were also dispatched to the scene.
When troopers arrived at the scene they found two people outside the home. one of the victims who was identified as a male, had an apparent gunshot wounds to the upper extremity.
“Troopers were able to perform first aid on the victim and rescue him from the scene before he was placed in the care of Emergency Medical Services.,” Said police spokesman Gary Fournier. “The male victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.”
As a precaution, evacuations in the immediate are of the residence were made and robo-calls were made to residents in a one mile radius to alert them of the police activity., Fournier added.
When the Delaware State Police Special Operations Team and Conflict Management Team arrived, they made an attempted to establish communications with the suspect. However, the suspects did not respond to their attempts, and after several attempts were made, entry was made into the residence where the team located the two deceased subjects with apparent gunshot wounds.
The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is continuing the investigation into this incident. There does not appear to be any threat to the public and there are no other suspects involved in this investigation. This is an active and on-going investigation and further information will be released at a later time.
If anyone has any information regarding this case, please contact Detective Grassi at 302-365-8441.
If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.