Delaware State Police Department
The Delaware State Police are currently investigating the death of a Milford resident that occurred in a residence of the 1000 block of Pecan Avenue, in Milford last evening.
The incident began on Friday, April 20, 2012 at approximately 7:15 p.m. after Troopers were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Pecan Avenue, east of Milford. Troopers responded to the residence after the 9-1-1 center received a call from a male subject who advised that he was armed and was intending on doing harm to himself. Upon their arrival at the residence, Troopers attempted to make contact with the subject, however, did not get a response. Troopers then set up a perimeter around the home and evacuated several homes and closed several roads in the area as a precaution.
Members of the Delaware State Police Conflict Management Team then arrived at the scene and again attempted to make contact with the subject but again were unable to speak with him and observed light smoke coming from within the residence. At approximately 11:30 p.m. Troopers observed heavy smoke coming from the residence and a fire erupted on the first floor garage area. Firefighters from Carlisle Fire Company of Milford were escorted by Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team members in close proximity to the residence where they were able to suppress the fire.
After the fire was extinguished, the Special Operation Response Team made entry into the residence where they located the body of the 42 year old male in the garage. The victim’s body was turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. Delaware State Police continue to investigate this incident.
The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating to determine the cause and origin of the fire.