By WECT Staff | September 21, 2020 at 7:45 AM EDT – Updated September 21 at 1:19 PM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – A suspect who allegedly fired multiple shots at Wilmington police officers is now in custody following an hours-long standoff at a home in the Creekwood community.
According to a tweet from the Wilmington Police Department, the incident ended around 12:20 p.m. after 40-year-old Reginald Lamont Wilkins surrendered to police officers.
Wilmington police say the incident started around 10:40 p.m. Sunday when officers received a call in regards to Wilkins trespassing at a home in the 2900 block of Clayton Place.
When officers responded, Wilkins was reportedly “combative” but was taken into custody and transported to the New Hanover County Jail. He was later released on an unsecured bond.
About an hour later, police responded to another call from the same location after Wilkins allegedly broke into his girlfriend’s home. Police say he fought with his girlfriend before fleeing. At some point, Wilkins came into the possession of a handgun.
When officers arrived at the scene, they pursued Wilkins who broke into his grandmother’s home and barricaded himself inside. His grandmother was able to leave the home prior to him breaking in, police say.
Patrol officers entered the home, but Wilkins allegedly fire a shot. Officials say police did not return fire and backed out the home, requesting SWAT and negotiators respond to the scene.
Officials attempted negotiations with Wilkins for roughly two-and-a-half hours but he refused to speak to the police.
SWAT then used a robot to search the home and found a room with a closed-door upstairs. Since the robot is limited and can’t open doors, SWAT decided to enter the home and attempt to open the door.
As they approached, Wilkins allegedly fired additional shots but no officers were hurt and no one returned fire. SWAT backed out and negotiations started back up.
After about nine hours, Wilkins eventually surrendered to police.
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