Man who barricaded himself at a US Army Reserve Center is former USMC

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Further investigation determined that both the AR-15 style rifle and handgun he possessed were loaded at the time of this incident.

NEWARK (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Newark Police say a man who barricaded himself Wednesday afternoon in the rear parking lot of a U.S. Army Reserve Training Center with an AR-15 style rifle and handgun just after 12:00 p.m. is a former U.S.M.C. 

Police say they arrested the suspect following the nearly four hour stand-off. He was later identified as Jacob Gaines, 31, of Newark. Police confirm that Gaines is a former United States Marine but did not have any affiliation with the facility.

On May 25, 2022, around 12:00 p.m. officers responded to the United States Army Reserve Training Center at 1001 Ogletown Road for a report of an armed male in the rear parking lot.

Police Photo | Jacob Gaines

According to police, the caller to 911 reported that the male drove into the rear parking lot, placed a cover over his vehicle, and placed an ammunition can and other objects on the ground around the vehicle. The male was pacing in the parking lot while armed with a rifle and making non-threatening verbal statements.

“Responding officers formed a perimeter around the building,” Said Police Spokesman LT. Andrew Rubin with the Newark Police Department. “Officers determined that some occupants of the building self-evacuated as police were arriving. Additional officers entered the building to ensure no one else was inside.”

Rubin said officers maintained visual contact with Gaines as additional officers arrived on scene. At one point, Rubin said the officers saw Gaines was also armed with a handgun as he was disassembling the rifle. Officers then began commanding Gaines to lay on the ground and they took him into custody without incident. No shots were fired by anyone involved and no one was injured, Rubin said.

Investigators say New Castle County Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit responded to the scene and confirmed that the Jeep and the items around it were safe. The ammunition can was found to contain rifle ammunition.

Newark Police were also assisted at the scene by the University of Delaware Police Department, Delaware State Police and the Delaware Department of Transportation.

Ogletown Road (SR 273), between Library Avenue (SR 72) and White Clay Center Drive, along with Marrows Road, between Ogletown Road and Wyoming Road, were both closed for about 3.5 hours during this incident.

A further investigation determined that both the AR-15 style rifle and handgun he possessed were loaded at the time of this incident.

Gaines has been charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony Aggravated Menacing (2 counts). Gaines appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #2 by video and was ordered to be held in default of $58,000 cash bail. Gaines was turned over to the custody of the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.


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