Three people were shot and killed, and then the suspect took his own life after an hours-long standoff in Maryland on Monday.
The series of tragic events unfolded on Monday afternoon in Brookeville, Maryland, about 20 miles north of Washington, D.C., as a man tried to hunt down his wife, according to Montgomery County police.
The suspect, identified by police as 41-year-old Christopher Snyder, allegedly chased his wife to a neighbor’s house after she fled from their own home.
It was at that neighbor’s house that police say Snyder shot and killed three people. Washington ABC affiliate WJLA identified those killed as Snyder’s neighbor, a guest and someone doing housework.
Police said Snyder’s wife was able to flee the neighbor’s home unharmed.
Snyder returned to his home, according to police, where he refused to surrender.
“We can confirm that the suspect of these homicides is in his home on Brown Farm Way,” Montgomery County police said in a tweet at 10:48 p.m. “Our negotiators have been speaking with him via phone. He is refusing to come out of the home.”
Snyder spent over six hours holed up in his home, at times talking with negotiators, before police broke down the front door at about 11 p.m. Police say he shot and killed himself shortly after they entered.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Mark Osborne