Police ID Deceased Suspect That Shot Three Wilmington Officers

Wilmington Police have released some details surrounding an overnight shooting that left three officers wounded.

Officials said at approximately 9:29 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, Wilmington Police received a 9-1-1 call regarding an in-progress domestic dispute in the 2400 block of North Market Street. Responding officers attempted to make contact with the male suspect involved in the domestic incident, who was identified as 31-year-old Bernard Goodwyn of Smyrna.

As the officers made entry into the apartment, Goodwyn pulled a firearm and opened fire on the officers, according to police. Officials said three Wilmington Police officers were struck by gunfire.

First State Update learned from initial reports at the scene that the officers were wounded in their extremities. The three injured officers were transported to the hospital in stable condition; one of the officers has been treated and released. Two of the officers have served the department since 2014, and one of the officers has served since 2018.

With the assistance of additional local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, police established a perimeter and attempted over the course of approximately 12 hours to negotiate Goodwyn’s surrender. FSU was told that a police robot made entry into the apartment Thursday morning. Shortly thereafter officers made entry into the room where Goodwyn was located where they found him to be deceased, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Sciences for further investigation. The suspect’s firearm was recovered at the scene.

Throughout the course of this incident, Wilmington Police received assistance from the New Castle County Police Department; Delaware State Police; Newark Police Department; Elsmere Police Department; New Castle City Police Department; University of Delaware Police Department, and additional local police agencies; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Wilmington Fire Department; Wilmington Office of Emergency Management; New Castle County EMS; and St. Francis EMS, among other partner agencies and organizations.


Update: Sources tell FSU that a police robot was sent into the apartment Thursday morning. Police reportedly found a subject deceased inside the apartment. Although police have not confirmed that the incident is over and the suspect is dead the scene appears to be wrapping up. This is a developing update.

Breaking Report

Just before 11:00, Wednesday evening rescue crews responded to the 2400 block N Market Street for reports that three police officers have been shot.

Initial reports from the scene indicate that the officers were shot while responding to a domestic incident.

Early reports from the scene indicated that two officers were shot in the legs and the third was shot in the hand. All three officers were transported to area hospitals where they are listed in stable condition.

Shortly after the reports that the officers had been shot, Wilmington SWAT officers responded to the scene for a barricaded subject. Initial reports indicated that two people were being held hostage in an apartment on the fourth floor. Early Thursday morning members of the tactical team pulled two women and a child from the apartment building using a Wilmington Fire Department Ladder Truck.

Overnight residents in the area were asked to shelter in place.

Sources tell FSU Thursday morning that the situation is still active and that the shelter in place is still in effect.

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