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Triple murder suspect kills himself after standoff, police say

09 May 2018

Three people were killed in a shooting on Monday outside Washington, D.C., where the suspect took his own life after he barricaded himself inside his home, police said.

Police said Snyder held his wife captive over the weekend and she escaped Monday afternoon and ran to Olson's home for help.

Snyder later killed himself with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after fleeing Olson's home and returning to his own, where police attempted to secure his surrender during several hours of phone negotiations. Residents are also being told to shelter in place. The suspect was on the phone with negotiators.

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There were six people inside the house when Snyder began shooting, Manger said. "First responders came to the scene, they located multiple fatalities and backed out of the house believing it was not safe", said Capt. Paul Starks of Montgomery County Police Department.

Officers breached the front door at 11 p.m., with Snyder still on the phone with negotiators, prompting Snyder to hang up. Police said they received multiple calls at that time from the people on Brown Farm Way about a domestic situation involving a man with a gun and call takers could hear gunshots in the background of the calls. She told police she was being "held by him" over the weekend.

"We have had a number of contact with the suspect in the past over a number of different issues", Manger said, according to the station.

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Police did not elaborate Monday night on why Mr. Snyder had been holding his wife hostage or whether he had some other specific grudge against the family across the street.

The suspect was reportedly known to police. The neighborhood is not far from the Triadelphia Reservoir and near the Howard County border.

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Triple murder suspect kills himself after standoff, police say