Reports: Eight Hour Standoff Overnight, Residents Awakened By “Loud Booms”

Residents of the Eastburn Heights Neighborhood (near the Kirkwood Library) were awakened by loud booms overnight, according to witnesses.

At around 7:30 last evening, Saturday, December 1, 2018, over a dozen New Castle County Police officers responded to a home in the 5000 block of Old Capitol Trail. “More and more cars were showing up. “, said one neighbor.

Neighbors said arriving officers blocked off several roads in the area, locking down the neighborhood.

Authorities have not released details regarding the incident but here’s what we know at this point.

After the initial response, a tactical unit, believed to be from the New Castle County Police, arrived on scene in their armored BearCat. In addition to the SWAT team, police K-9 units and a mobile command center also responded to the scene.

As authorities operated at the scene, witnesses reported that the tactical officers were loud-hailing someone in the home over a loudspeaker.

At around 2:30 Sunday morning, as residents in the normally quiet neighborhood slept, loud booms startled them out of bed.

Shortly after neighbors heard what are believed to be flashbang grenades used by the tactical unit, a police cruiser pulled up to the house and a group of people went from the house to the car.

This is a developing story. Updates will be provided as more details become available.

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