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Wilmington Police Standoff Ends, Man Found Dead

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Heavily armed police approached the home behind an armored vehicle.

Heavily armed police approached the home behind an armored vehicle.

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WILMINGTON (CBS) – Heavily armed police and sharpshooters surrounded a home in Wilmington for several hours Wednesday before finding a man dead inside.

The standoff began around 7:30 a.m. when 42-year-old Scott Fama had an argument with his father at their home on Oakdale Road.  

Police said Fama fired at least one shot and his parents ran to a neighbor’s home and called 911.  The parents were not hurt. 

Police moved in, shut down the neighborhood and waited outside the house for hours while officers searched the area for Fama.

Just before noon, authorities launched tear gas into the home, went inside and found Fama dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

WBZ-TV’s Peg Rusconi reports

“I didn’t see any shooting, I just heard the shots,” neighbor Chuck Shea told WBZ-TV, adding that he heard as many as three shots at the beginning of the incident while he was walking his dog.

Another neighbor told WBZ News Radio Fama had a military background and a collection of weapons and guns. One resident told WBZ News Radio’s Carl Stevens he was talking about suicide a couple of days ago.

WBZ Radio’s Carl Stevens reports


Wilmington schools superintendent Joanne Benton told WBZ-TV schools closest to the scene held recess indoors as a precaution during the standoff.

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