Authorities say a man fatally shot three people in a neighboring house in Maryland before killing himself.
Police were sent to the house on Brown Farm way about 4:30 p.m.to investigate the report of a domestic disturbance.
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Police believe Christopher Wilson Snyder, 41, of 22001 Brown Farm Way, shot all three victims in a search for his wife whom he had held captive over the weekend in their home across the street.
"Officers learned that three other adults who had also been at the home at the time of the shooting had been able to escape from the home unharmed". Investigators said Tuesday the motive remains under investigation but noted that Snyder's wife told them she had been held against her will by her husband over the weekend and had managed to escape to her neighbor's home Monday afternoon.
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"Our tactical team breached the front door and when they breached the front door the suspect was on the phone with negotiators", Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger told reporters at a press conference Monday night. The suspect was on the phone with negotiators. One was Snyder's wife, police say.
Over four hours after police initially responded to the incident, the area remained an "active scene", the county police department said on its official Twitter page. He threatened to blow up the building if police come in.
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His last words over the phone were: 'Did they just break in the front door?' "At that point, officers who were outside the home heard a single gunshot", Manger said.