STORY UPDATED: Domestic incident resolved safely


Police SWAT officers, some armed with tear gas, talk with the suspect, seen on the roof of the porch Friday morning.


Tom Barr | News Journal

WILMINGTON — A man surrendered peacefully to Wilmington police officers at around 10 a.m. Friday at a residence in the 300 block of South Wall Street after several hours of negotiations and eventually the use of tear gas to drive him out of the house.

Police were called by the suspect’s mother. “On arrival, the victim advised officers that the suspect had threatened her with a knife,” said WPD Chief Ron Fithen. “The victim was evacuated from the residence and the suspect barricaded himself in a second-floor bedroom. Officers initiated negotiations with the suspect while the Wilmington PD Special Response Team (SRT) was activated.“

Police finally shot tear gas into the house and the suspect exited the house onto the roof of the front porch.

After more negotiations with police, a city bucket truck was brought in and the man voluntarily climbed in the bucket and was brought down and handcuffed.

Fithen said the suspect was taken to Clinton Memorial Hospital for evaluation. No one was injured in this incident and criminal charges are pending.

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Police SWAT officers, some armed with tear gas, talk with the suspect, seen on the roof of the porch Friday morning.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/10/web1_DSC_0104-2.jpgPolice SWAT officers, some armed with tear gas, talk with the suspect, seen on the roof of the porch Friday morning. Tom Barr | News Journal