GLOUCESTER TWP, Pa. (WTXF) - A lengthy police standoff in Gloucester Township that forced area schools to closed has come to an end, and a suspect was found dead inside the home.
Police say a 24-year-old male suspect is dead, and a woman was removed from the home uninjured. The suspect suffered injuries, but police have not detailed the extent of those injuries, but say they were not caused by police.
Officers responded to Yorkshire and Hampshire Roads for a report of shots fired around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
When police arrived on scene, a person inside the home in the Brittany Woods neighborhood refused to surrender to police.
Investigators say the gunman fired 15 shots at police officers and at an armored vehicle full of officers. None of the officers inside the vehicle were injured and police say officers did not return fire.
Police say negotiators attempted to have the suspect surrender to police, but were unsuccessful and sometimes met with gunfire. Officers were able to contact the suspect on the phone, but after several conversations, the suspect refused to answer the phone.
After 10 hours of negotiations, officers used robots and other police equipment to gain entry to the home and clear the residence.
Once officers got inside the home, they found the suspect dead. A handgun and assault rifle were found inside the home.
The suspect has not been identified at this time.
Police say residents who were evacuated were returned to their home and the shelter in place order for portions of the neighborhood have been lifted.
Gloucester Township Public Schools and Black Horse Pike Regional School District Schools will be closed Thursday due to the incident.