The manhunt for Brian Holben, a 27-year-old fugitive involved in an officer-involved shooting in Greenwood, concluded on Thursday.
Law enforcement authorities reported that Holben was found deceased due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound as SWAT teams were moving in to apprehend him.
The manhunt began when Holben, who was wanted on multiple charges, was spotted by members of the Kent County Governor’s Task Force and Probation and Parole Tuesday. During an attempted traffic stop in the parking lot of LoLo’s Mini Market on Hickman Road in Greenwood, Holben reportedly used his Jeep Cherokee to force two State Police vehicles out of the way and discharged a firearm at a detective. This led to an exchange of gunfire, after which Holben fled on foot into a nearby wooded area.
After the exchange of gunfire, Holben was sought on several charges, including Attempted Murder 1st (Felony), Reckless Endangering 1st (Felony) – 2 counts, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony), and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony).
Officials searched all day Wednesday in the area west of Greenwood and on Thursday Holben was spotted in Caroline County, Maryland. The search for Holben intensified, involving various law enforcement agencies including the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware State Police, U.S. Marshals, and SWAT teams. He was eventually located inside a trailer on Holly Road in Greensboro, Maryland.
Officials said through investigative means, detectives learned of Holben’s location inside a camper situated on the property.
During the execution of the search warrant, it was confirmed that Holben was inside the camper. Despite attempts to get him to surrender, Holben barricaded himself inside. Subsequent efforts to negotiate his surrender were unsuccessful. When police entered the camper, they discovered Holben with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
There were no injuries reported among the law enforcement personnel during the course of this incident.