Police in apparent standoff near New Castle Thursday morning


Brandon Holveck and Isabel Hughes - Delaware Online

An apparent standoff brought a heavy police presence to a home near New Castle Thursday morning.

Delaware State Police are investigating in the Penn Acres South development, according to a press release. Police did not share the nature of the investigation. 

Police said the incident is contained to a specific residence in the unit block of Bunker Hill Road. Other roads have been affected as a precautionary measure, police said, including Valley Forge and Yorktown roads and West University Avenue

At 9:30 a.m., police were seen shooting tear gas inside the back of the home. About 10 minutes earlier, police starting talking to someone inside using a loudspeaker. The state police's bearcat vehicle, with its blue lights flashing, appeared to be driven into the home's yard.

"This is state police, we know you're inside," a trooper said. "Please come outside with your hands in the air."

When Lois Ennis, who lives in the neighborhood, walked outside to turn her car on earlier in the morning, she saw "all kinds of" police and trucks drive by. 

Police told her that she’d be safe in her home, but that a man was holed up in his home with guns and ammunition.

"This much action is very, very concerning," Ennis said. "I have never seen this, and I have lived here 25 years. It seems very early for this."

The state police's negotiations team arrived at the scene around 8:30 a.m. Other police vehicles can be seen lining Valley Forge Road and an ambulance is parked on the road. 

Aside from the large police presence, the neighborhood is quiet. 

Police said further details will be released as they become available. 

This is a developing story.

Contact Brandon Holveck at bholveck@delawareonline.com or at (302) 324-2267. Follow on Twitter @holveck_brandon.

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