Woman Killed, Husband Hurt in Cemetery Shooting; Suspect Found Dead

Police exchanged gunfire with the suspect who fled into a nearby wooded area and later died.

Editor's note: The woman's husband later died. Police have also identified a suspect. For the latest details, click here.

An elderly woman died from bullet wounds sustained when she and her husband were shot by an armed man at a cemetery in Bear, Delaware, state police said Friday night.

The alleged gunman then died following a shootout with dozens of state troopers, authorities said.

The woman, 85 and her 86-year-old husband, who is in critical condition at a Delaware hospital, are from Elkton, Maryland. It remains unclear why they were shot shortly before noon.

The suspect was found dead in a wooded area near the Brennen Estates neighborhood in Bear Township at about 5 p.m., police said.

Six hours earlier, scores of officers sped to the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery along the 2000 block of Chesapeake City Road.

Officers chased the suspect as he fled to the wooded area. Images of the scene from SkyForce10 showed police responding with guns drawn, including a group of troopers crouched behind a divider on a highway.

Police issued a shelter-in-place order for the area while some homes around Brennen Estates neighborhood were evacuated as the manhunt carried on. The shelter-in-place order was later lifted.

It's not clear if the shooter was hit by police gunfire or if he took his own life.

Correction (May 10 at 7:35 a.m.): It was unclear if the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or by police gunfire.

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