On Wednesday afternoon at about 12:04, Newark Police responded to the United States Army Reserve Training Center at 1001 Ogletown Road for a report of an armed male in the rear parking lot, according to Lt/ Andrew Rubin.
Rubin said the 911 caller reported that the male drove into the rear parking lot, placed a cover over his vehicle, and placed an ammunition can and other objects on the ground around the vehicle. The male was pacing in the parking lot while armed with a rifle and making non-threatening verbal statements.
Responding officers formed a perimeter around the building. Officers determined that some occupants of the building self-evacuated as police were arriving. Additional officers entered the building to ensure no one else was inside.
Officers maintained visual contact with the male as additional officers arrived on scene. At one point, the male was observed disassembling the rifle and officers observed he was also armed with a handgun. Officers commanded the male to lay on the ground and they took him into custody without incident said Rubin.
The male was determined to have an affiliation with the military, however, his current military status and branch are still under investigation. He did not have any affiliation with this facility, according to Rubin.
No shots were fired by anyone involved and no one was injured.
New Castle County Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit responded to the scene and confirmed that the Jeep and the items around it were safe. The ammunition can was found to contain rifle ammunition.
Newark Police were also assisted at the scene by the University of Delaware Police Department, Delaware State Police, and the Delaware Department of Transportation.
Ogletown Road (SR 273), between Library Avenue (SR 72) and White Clay Center Drive, along with Marrows Road, between Ogletown Road and Wyoming Road, were both closed for about 3.5 hours during this incident.
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