Suspect dead following standoff in Hamlin

November 05, 2018 07:52 AM

A nearly 12-hour standoff with a gunman came to an end around midnight Sunday with the suspect dead and another man in the hospital.

The incident started just after 1 p.m. Sunday on Curtisdale Lane when the suspect stabbed one of his neighbors in the chest with a knife.

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The suspect, who still hasn't been identified, then ran back in his home and barricaded himself inside as deputies got to the scene. 

The man armed himself with long guns as authorities shut down the area. Deputies told neighbors in the area to get out if they could for their own safety. SWAT and hostage negotiators worked for hours to try to get the gunman to calm down and to surrender.

It was a long process and deputies say they thought they were making some headway, but then at around midnight, the suspect took his own life.

"Certainly nothing adds up to justifying a stab wound to the chest but it appears like it several months of personal frustration that he took out on the first person he had contact with," Chief Deputy Michael Fowler said.

News10NBC has learned the suspect also had some health issues he was dealing with, but deputies say they aren't aware of any mental health problems before this.

The victim remains in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital after surgery but doctors told deputies they think he'll make a full recovery.


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