MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – The 41-year-old man involved in a Manchester standoff has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound more than nine hours after the standoff began.
Standoff in Manchester NH neighborhood is over. Barricaded subject found dead inside the home of a self inflicted gunshot wound. SWAT teams deployed a drone before going in. #wbz pic.twitter.com/eU913eKLyU
— Beth Germano (@BethWBZ) May 26, 2021
Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, surrounded a home on Union Street after gunshots were fired as U.S. Marshals tried to serve a warrant there Wednesday morning.
According to Police Chief Allen Aldenberg, the federal marshals went to the house around 7:45 a.m. to serve the arrest warrant when they heard three gunshots.
A Manchester police tactical team was called in and about five more gunshots were heard coming from the home, Aldenberg said. No one outside the house was hit and the chief said no one on his team fired back because the gunfire was not directed at officers.
On Wednesday afternoon, police put a drone into the house to get more information, which found the suspect dead in the basement, hours after the police lost contact with the man.
“I have very talented drone pilots that are part of Manchester Police and they were able to maneuver it in from a safe distance and watch from their device,” Aldenberg said. He confirmed that no officers or U.S. Marshals fired any shots at the scene.
Four people were evacuated from the home Wednesday morning.
“I’ll wait him out as long as I need to to get him out of here safely. Last thing I’m going to do is put my officers into that home if I don’t need to,” the chief told reporters earlier Wednesday.
Aldenberg said police officers did not hear the fatal gunshot and did not fire any gunshots themselves, but the loss of life is “unfortunate.”
“That is the human side of it that my officers will take away from this,” he said. “They had to go in there and see that and deal with that.”
The man’s name has not been released.