Wilmington police respond to standoff at Wrightsville Avenue home

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UPDATE 11 p.m. The 63 year old suspect involved in Tuesday night’s standoff is dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Negotiators tried for several hours to make contact with the subject but were unable to resolve the situation, Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley said. The department’s S.W.A.T. Team gained entry into the home around 10:30 p.m. and found the subject dead.
The name of the deceased male will not be released until his family has been notified.
Nearby residents have returned to their homes and traffic has resumed on Oleander Drive and Wrightsville Avenue.


Law enforcement are on the scene of a standoff with a man inside a Wrightsville Avenue home.

The Wilmington Police Department responded to a domestic situation at the home in the 6300 block of Wrightsville at approximately 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to spokeswoman Linda Rawley.

Rawley said the wife of the suspect reported her husband had barricaded himself inside the home and was possibly armed.

The Wilmington Police Department’s S.W.A.T. Team, hostage negotiators and bomb squad were called in to assist, along with other area law enforcement agencies.

Homes near the scene have been evacuated and traffic has been blocked along Wrightsville Avenue from the intersection of Oleander Drive to Rogersville Road. Motorists are advised to avoid this area.

Check back for updates as this story develops.