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3 Wilmington officers shot at domestic dispute call, suspect dead after 12-hour standoff: Police

The officers are in stable condition, police said.

June 03, 2021, 2:27 PM

Three Wilmington police officers were shot while responding to a domestic dispute call in Delaware's largest city, authorities said.

The suspect, 31-year-old Bernard Goodwyn of Smyrna, Delaware, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday morning following a roughly 12-hour standoff with the authorities, Wilmington police said.

PHOTO: Bernard Goodwyn in a police booking photo.
Bernard Goodwyn in a police booking photo.
Wilmington Police Department

The three injured officers were hospitalized in stable condition, police said. One of the officers has been treated and released.

PHOTO: Authorities on the scene where police officers were shot while responding to a call in Wilmington, Del., late on June 2, 2021.
Authorities on the scene where police officers were shot while responding to a call in Wilmington, Del., late on June 2, 2021.
WPVI

The incident began at about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when police received a 911 call reporting a domestic dispute in progress, police said.

Responders tried to make contact with Goodwyn, the male suspect involved in the domestic incident, but when officers went into the Wilmington apartment, Goodwyn allegedly opened fire on them, police said.

PHOTO: A child is taken from a third story window of an apartment building on Market Street in Wilmington, Del., by a police officer using a fire ladder truck, June 3, 2021, at the scene where three Wilmington police officers were shot the night before.
A child is taken from a third story window of an apartment building on Market Street in Wilmington, Del., by a police officer using a fire ladder truck, June 3, 2021, at the scene where three Wilmington police officers were shot the night before.
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Authorities established a perimeter and tried to negotiate Goodwyn's surrender for about 12 hours, police said. Several city blocks were shut down during the standoff as dozens of officers stood guard with their guns drawn.

When officers Thursday morning entered the room where Goodwyn was, they found him dead, police said. His gun was recovered at the scene, police said.

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