SWAT Team Surrounds Newark-Area Home Easter Sunday

Officers from the New Castle County Division of Police, along with other law enforcement agencies, responded to a situation at a residence in the 100 block of Phyllis Drive in Newark on Easter Sunday.

Upon arrival shortly after 7 PM,, the police established a perimeter around the home in question, following reports of the incident.

The law enforcement response included the deployment of SWAT teams to the scene, and Delaware State Police Aviation’s, Trooper 4 helicopter was reported to have been present overhead for a much of the evening. While initial reports suggested that at least one child was inside the home at the time of the incident, they were later reportedly out of the house leaving a male barricaded inside.

The situation continued into the late hours, with officers and SWAT team members on-site. Details regarding the resolution of the barricade situation, including whether the individual surrendered or was apprehended by law enforcement, have not been released.

Separately, there was activity noted at Christiana Hospital around the same time as the incident was clearing up, though its connection to the events on Phyllis Drive is unclear.

Initial reports that a firearm was discharged, have not been confirmed by police.

In a social media update on the evening of March 31, the New Castle County Police stated: “POLICE ACTIVITY IN NEWKIRK ESTATES. UPDATE: The New Castle County Police are clearing the scene on Phyllis Drive, assuring there is no threat to the public, and it is safe to resume normal activities. Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police have assumed the investigation, and further updates will be forthcoming.

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