An investigation that drew a large police response to the Ivy Hall Apartments ended late Tuesday when a SWAT team entered an apartment and found the resident dead, apparently from a self-inflicted wound.
The incident, which began with the report of a potentially armed suicidal person, resulted in the partial evacuation of the apartment complex and the closure of nearby streets for nearly eight hours.
Lt. Andrew Rubin, a spokesman for the Newark Police Department, said police responded to the apartment complex on Wollaston Avenue at approximately 3 p.m. after someone called 911 to report a person had been shot.
Responding officers were not able to make contact with anyone in the apartment or the original caller.
“Based upon information about the caller and the residence, officers suspected that the caller himself may have been threatening suicide and that no other person inside had been harmed,” Rubin said.
NPD’s SWAT team and crisis negotiation team spent hours attempting to contact the resident and, after getting in touch with his family, entered the apartment.
“Once inside the apartment, officers located a deceased male,” Rubin said. “Officers determined he was a resident of the apartment and the initial caller to 911.”
Newark Police were assisted at the scene by New Castle County Police, University of Delaware Police, New Castle County EMS and Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company. The investigation concluded shortly after 10:30 p.m.
Police did not identify the deceased man.