UPDATE-Shooting Investigation Newark Oaks

The New Castle County Division of Police continues to investigate the incident that occurred in the unit block of Leader Drive in the community of Newark Oaks.

Officers were dispatched to the residence after a 34-year-old male subject called 9-1-1 to report that he had been shot.

The initial investigation revealed the male suspect, a 34-year-old man, arrived home and engaged in a confrontation with a 31-year-old female resident and her guest, the 34-year-old male victim.  During the exchange, the male suspect fired a handgun striking both the male and female. The male victim remained inside the home and summoned the police. 

Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed the suspect through a window brandishing a handgun. As they approached the home, an exchange of gunfire occurred between an officer, a 1 year veteran of the Division, and the suspect. It is unknown at this time if the suspect was struck during the exchange. The officer was not struck by gunfire.

Additional units responded to the scene which included the Division of Police Crisis Management Group (CMG).  The CMG consists of officers from Special Operations and includes the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Team. 

Officers from SWAT entered the residence to rescue the victims.  Officers located the 34-year-old male victim and extracted him from the residence.  He was transported to Christiana Medical Center by Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company and listed in stable condition. The female victim was located and pronounced deceased at the scene by New Castle County Paramedics.

Officers from the Crisis Negotiation Team attempted to contact the armed subject inside the residence and were met with negative results.

SWAT team members later located the male suspect inside the residence with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Unit responded to the scene to assume the investigation.

This investigation is still active and anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to please contact Detective Adam Holubinka at (302) 395.8254 or by email at Adam.holubinka@newcastlede.gov.