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Hockessin Shelter In Place Lifted, One Transported To Hospital

An hours-long search for a man, police described as possibly armed and suicidal has come to an end in the Hockessin-area.

County police just released the following statement:

“As of 09:45 AM, the Police Activity in the area of Hockessin has come to a peaceful conclusion. The roads should be opening up shortly. We apologize to the public for any inconvenience and thank everyone for their cooperation.

An ambulance from the Hockessin Fire Company, dispatched to the area, is transporting one patient to the Veterans Hospital with police onboard. We have not confirmed that this is relatedĀ to the lockdown at this time.”

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Just after 5:00 this morning the New Castle County Police posted an alert on their website asking residents in some Hockessin communities to shelter in place.

“We are asking residents in the communities of Hockessin Valley Farms, Manley, Hickory Hills, and Stella Drive to shelter in place due to a possible armed suicidal subject in the area.
More updates to follow.”

We have received reports from several people that live in the area that say they received a reverse 911 call this morning. The calls reportedly described a male in his 40, 6’3″, 220 lbs. , short brown hair, full beard, and was carrying a rifle. We have not confirmed that information at this time.

We’re also hearing reports that Trooper 4 (Delaware State Police Aviation) is in the area and may have landed in Pike Creek.

At last checkĀ 10:00 am, the alert had not been updated on the website.


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