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"Suicidal" Man with BB Gun Fatally Shot by Dover PD Officers

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Courtesy: Dover Police Dept. Courtesy: Dover Police Dept.

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Two Dover police officers fatally shot a man early Sunday morning.

According to the department, officers were dispatched to the apartment of James Long, 52, after receiving a call from a crisis center that Long was having suicidal thoughts and had talked about committing "suicide by cop."

Long had previous run-ins with Dover PD, including one during which similar threats were made, according to a news release.

The officers arrived at Long's apartment around 10:45 PM Saturday, the release said, and entered the apartment just after midnight after trying and failing to get Long to cooperate.

Dover PD says the officers saw Long display what they thought was a firearm, so they fired at Long, hitting him twice. The officers gave Long first aid until he was taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, according to the news release, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police say the weapon Long had turned out to be a pellet/BB gun that looked like a semi-automatic handgun.

Officers say they also found Long had booby-trapped his apartment with a device design to mix chemical together to create a toxic gas. This led to the evacuation of neighboring residences for about an hour. The residents were allowed to go home once it was considered safe to do so.

The officers involved are a corporal, who is a ten-year veteran of the Dover Police Department, and a patrolman 1st class, who has been with Dover PD for six years. Both officers are now on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for Dover PD.

They'll remain on leave until an internal investigation done in conjunction with an investigation from the Delaware attorney general's office is complete.

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