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Man holds wife captive, fatally shoots three people before killing himself during seven-hour standof

Three people were fatally shot in Maryland house on May 8, 2018. (WBALTV)

A man who held his wife captive over the weekend killed his neighbor and two others after she fled their home to one across the street, police said.

Christopher Snyder, 41, held his wife captive until she escaped to another house on Brown Farm Way in Brookville, Maryland on Monday, according to Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger.

Snyder fatally shot three of the six people at his neighbor's house and barricaded himself inside his own home for more than seven hours before he killed himself.

Police are still searching the home for possible explosives based on what Snyder said during talks with negotiators, Manger said.

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MCP responding to call for domestic disturbance with initial report of multiple people shot inside a home in 22000 block of Brown Farm Way east of Sunshine. PD activity affecting traffic on Rt 650 south & east of Sunshine. PIO enroute to scene. Updates to follow

Police received several 911 calls around 3:44 p.m. on Monday and heard sounds of gunshots in the background.

When officers arrived at 22002 Brown Farm Way, they found three victims— Snyder's neighbor, an out-of-state visitor, and the homeowner's employee — dead inside the home.

Snyder's wife, along with two other people at the home, managed to escape the shooting unharmed.

The suspect then fled the scene and returned to his home at 22001 Brown Farm Way, where he barricaded himself for about seven hours.

Police officers surrounded the home, while negotiators spoke to Snyder on the phone in an attempt to get him to surrender.

When a SWAT team finally breached the front door around 11 p.m., Snyder asked a negotiator whether they entered the home and promptly hung up the phone, Manger said.

Officers heard a single gunshot before the 41-year-old was found dead, Manger said.

Authorities are still searching the home for any possible explosives, WBALTV reported.

Snyder is not believed to have any previous conflicts with his neighbor, Manger said.

"We've had contact with this suspect in the past over a number of different issues," he added.

Culled from NY Daily News

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