3 people killed and shooter dead in Maryland after enraged husband chases wife to neighbors’ house

3 people killed and shooter dead in Maryland after enraged husband chases wife to neighbors’ house
Three people have been shot dead in a home in Montgomery County, Maryland, police report. The incident is believed to be the result of a domestic dispute spiraling out of control. The shooter is said to have taken his own life.

Police responded to a call about a domestic disturbance east of Sunshine, a town 23 miles (37km) north of Washington DC, with initial reports of multiple shot victims inside a local home.  Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger said that the suspect, identified as Christopher Snyder, 41, killed three people in a house across the street from his own after his wife fled there. The suspect's wife who, along with two other people, escaped the rampage alive and unharmed, told police that Snyder had held her captive over the weekend. Three adults – a resident of the house, a guest and a person who was working there – were all shot dead by the attacker.

Done with the shooting, Snyder returned to his house and engaged in a seven-hour-long negotiation with police. As he refused to surrender, police decided to raid the house. While the officers were breaking in, they heard a single gunshot and found Snyder deceased, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

As the manhunt was underway, local residents were advised to remain safely where they were. Police put the area on lockdown, blocked the roads and set up a perimeter around the house as they conducted negotiations.

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