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Police: Suspect stole girlfriend's gun, hid in grandmother's house, shot at officers

Posted September 21, 2020 9:39 a.m. EDT
Updated September 21, 2020 9:55 a.m. EDT

Handcuffs on prison bars

— A suspect led Wilmington police officers on a chase between two homes, barricaded himself in his grandmother's house and shot at officers.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers arrested a 40-year-old man around 10:45 p.m. Sunday night after a report of trespassing in the 2900 block of Clayton Place.

Police said the man was combative but taken into custody. He was released from the New Hanover County Jail within an hour on an unsecured bond.

Right after his release, police officers responded to the same home on Clayton Place, where the man was reportedly breaking into his girlfriend's home. The man reportedly stole his girlfriend's gun then fled for his grandmother's house and barricaded himself inside.

When police officers entered the home, the man fired a shot. The officers did not return fire.

The grandmother and the officers were not injured.

S.W.A.T. and negotiators were called to the scene, where police said negotiations were underway for more than two hours.

The suspect refused to speak to police officers.

A robot was unsuccessfully used to try to get to the man. At 8 a.m. Wilmington police reported officials were using less-lethal gas to try get the suspect outside.

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