Saturday, April 20, 2024

Day three: Armed suspect still in standoff with Carolina Beach police

A Carolina Beach Police tent is set up outside the Glenn Avenue apartment on Wednesday afternoon. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

Note: This is a (slowly) developing story. Stay tuned for updates.

CAROLINA BEACH — Carolina Beach Police officers have been on the scene of an armed man who barricaded himself in a Glenn Avenue apartment for roughly 63 hours and counting.

Police were first dispatched to a townhouse at 717 Glenn Avenue at 11:21 p.m. Sunday night in reference to a domestic disturbance.

“Upon arrival, officers observed a male party with a firearm retreat out of view inside the residence,” according to police.

On Monday morning, the department said the male subject had refused to come out and submit to law enforcement commands. A Wednesday afternoon release stated CBPD and outside law enforcement agencies remain on the scene.

“The subject is believed to be armed and dangerous. Officers are committed to remain on scene until there is a resolution to the incident,” according to the department.

Glenn Avenue continues to be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic while residents are asked to stay away from the area until it is considered safe.

On Wednesday afternoon, a group of neighbors were standing on the corner of Kenneth and Glenn Avenue, waiting for a resolution to the long standoff.

Each requested anonymity because of their close proximity to the unit in question, but one said they had been in a back-and-forth with CBPD Chief Martin Brock about possible accommodation because they had not been allowed into their own units since the incident first began. 

They said it has been considered to use money from the Pleasure Island Disaster Relief Fund to pay for hotel accommodation Wednesday night. 

“I don’t know why something like this takes so long,” one of the neighbors said, referring to the drawn-out standoff between the man and police. 

Another neighbor said officers finally retrieved their car and cell phone from their unit Wednesday at noon, along with heart medication around midnight Wednesday. They said they have been staying at various places around town since Sunday night. 

“Logistics has been a little difficult for the town apparently,” they said.

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