Police Swarm Newark, Del. Neighborhood, Rescue Suicidal Man

A swarm of police descended on a Delaware neighborhood Tuesday after a man barricaded himself inside a home to harm himself, police and witnesses said.

Officers were called to the Lawrence Avenue home in Newark around 1 p.m. They were asked to perform a welfare check on a man who may have been suicidal, police said.

As officers walked up to the home, they heard gunshots. They pulled back and called for backup.

Neighbors said they watched the man's wife leave the home with a gun in her pocket. She later threw that weapon in the grass. She was then taken into custody.

At least a dozen law enforcement officers responded to the neighborhood to form a perimeter and evacuate residents living nearby. Busy Kirkwood Highway was shut down as a precaution.

Eventually, police moved in and pulled a middle-aged man out into the driveway. He was suffering from a stab wound to the stomach. Police believe the injury was self-inflicted. The man's condition was not known.

They said a person was taken into custody, but would not identify them.

It's unclear who fired the gun and whether anyone was targeted.

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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