Barricaded Suspect In Dover Ends With One Dead

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The Dover Police Department responded to Building B in Cedar Chase Apartments at approximately 11:02 am on Saturday, September 29th for a domestic related incident, according to M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer.

Hoffman said officers contacted a female victim who advised that her boyfriend had held a knife to her and made threats to kill her. The victim was able to flee the apartment and notify police.

When officers attempted to contact the boyfriend, Kaaba Chambers, 41, inside the apartment, they found the main door heavily barricaded. The Dover Police Special Operations Team and Crisis Negotiation Team were then called to the scene.

For approximately 3 hours, officers attempted to contact Chambers utilizing several methods including a loud speaker, a tactical phone that was deployed inside the apartment, through social media, and through family members. The Delaware State Police also assisted by deploying robots into the home to assist Dover officers in seeing the home via remote camera.

Most of the home was able to be checked using that device with the exception of a bathroom. At approximately 2:53 pm, officers began making entry into the apartment. After complications caused by the barricaded entryways, officers made entry and discovered Chambers deceased in a bathroom. Chambers death was the result of an apparent suicide, however the official cause of death will be determined by the State of Delaware Office of the Medical Examiner.

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