Christopher Snyder, 41, shot and killed the three adults inside a neighbor's house in Brookeville, Maryland, about 25 miles north of the US capital, on Monday afternoon, police said. He did not detail what those contacts were, but said police plan to provide more information about them in the future.
Snyder reportedly fatally shot the neighbor, Mary Ann Olson, the neighbor's friend, Danny Lee Murphy, who was visiting from out of town, and a contractor, Craig Harold Shotwell, who was doing work on the neighbor's deck.
Snyder's wife allegedly told police the slaughter began after she ran out of her home after being held there over the weekend.
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Snyder's wife and two others managed to get away from the scene unharmed.
There was no report that anyone was in custody, and residents were told to shelter in place. At 10:50 p.m., Starks said people were still being asked to remain in their homes. Snyder had been on the phone with police at the time, but shot himself when they entered. "Our negotiators have been speaking with him via phone". He followed her to the home where police said he opened fire.
Officers breached the front door at 11 p.m., with Snyder still on the phone with negotiators, prompting Snyder to hang up.
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The tactical team was searching the rest of the house because, during the negotiations, police learned that there could be explosives and several guns inside the house, Manger said. "At that point, officers who were outside the home heard a single gunshot".
Manger said the suspect is known to police.
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