Update: 3 Wilmington Police Officers Shot; Suspect Deceased
Wilmington Police provided this update Thursday afternoon:
At approximately 9:29 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, Wilmington Police received a 9-1-1 call regarding an in-progress domestic dispute in the 2400 block of North Market Street. Responding officers attempted to make contact with the male suspect involved in the domestic incident, who was identified as 31-year-old Bernard Goodwyn of Smyrna.
As the officers made entry into the apartment, Goodwyn opened fire on the officers with a firearm. Three Wilmington Police officers were struck by gunfire.
The three injured officers were transported to the hospital in stable condition; one of the officers has been treated and released. Two of the officers have served the department since 2014, and one of the officers has served since 2018.
With the assistance of additional local, state and federal law enforcement partners, police established a perimeter and attempted over the course of approximately 12 hours to negotiate Goodwyn’s surrender. When officers made entry into the room where Goodwyn was located on Thursday morning, they found him to be deceased with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. His body was turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Sciences for further investigation. The suspect’s firearm was recovered at the scene.
This incident remains under active investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division and the Office of Professional Standards.
Throughout the course of this incident, Wilmington Police received assistance from the New Castle County Police Department; Delaware State Police; Newark Police Department; Elsmere Police Department; New Castle City Police Department; University of Delaware Police Department, and additional local police agencies; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Wilmington Fire Department; Wilmington Office of Emergency Management; New Castle County EMS; and St. Francis EMS, among other partner agencies and organizations.
This is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be released at this time.
Three Wilmington Police officers who were responding to a call for service late Wednesday night were struck by gunshots. The officers were in a hospital in stable condition, according to Wilmington Police.
People in an area several blocks around have been asked to shelter in place. Members of what appears to be a SWAT team have been seen entering an apartment building in the 2,400-block of North market Street.
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.