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Suspect who stabbed four others shot dead by one of his victims

Delaware State Police are investigating a stabbing that happened in a Hartly home Wednesday morning that killed one and seriously injured 2 others. 

Two other people also sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said Wednesday.

HARTLY (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Police say they are investigating a homicide after four people were stabbed in a Hartly home early Wednesday morning.

After becoming enraged, the suspect who was identified as a Ridgley, Maryland man, was shot dead by one of his victims during the altercation police said. 

Troopers were dispatched to a 9-1-1 call reporting a person shot and multiple persons stabbed in the 700 block of Proctors Purchase Road around 4:29 a.m., Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

“When troopers arrived they secured the scene and escorted Emergency Medical Services (EMS) into the home where they located numerous people with injuries.,” said Delaware State Police spokesman Jason Hatchell.

According to police, several individuals were in the home watching tv and playing games through the night when a 37-year-old Ridgely, Maryland man became enraged and began attacking the other occupants with a knife.

At some point during the altercation, one of the stabbing victims retrieved a shotgun and shot the attacker in the leg., police say.

The 37-year-old Ridgely man was transported by EMS to Bayhealth Kent General where he was pronounced dead.

A 56-year-old man and a 30-year-old man both from Hartly were transported to an area hospital where they were admitted with life-threatening injuries sustained in the knife attack.

A 34-year-old man from Centreville, Maryland was transported to an area hospital and was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries he sustained in the knife attack.

A 53-year-old man also from Maryland, was also transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released for non-life-threatening injuries he sustained during the knife attack.

This incident remains an active and ongoing investigation conducted by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Sergeant S. Yeich by calling 302-741-2703. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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 debra.reed@state.de.us.

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