Gunman shoots self after killing 3, holding wife captive

A manhunt is underway in Montgomery County Maryland after

Snyder's wife allegedly told police the slaughter began after she ran out of her home after being held there over the weekend.

"First responders came to the scene, they located multiple fatalities and backed out of the house believing it was not safe", Montgomery County police Capt. Paul Starks said.

Authorities say the gunman, in some sort of dispute, followed his wife from their house to the house where the murder-suicide happened.

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. Two others and Snyder's wife escaped unharmed.

But after Snyder refused to leave the home, a SWAT team vehicle rammed down a door and he shot himself in the head. Negotiators called him to try to get him to surrender. "He asked the negotiator, 'Did they just break in the front door?' and then hung up the phone. At that point, officers who were outside the home heard a single gunshot". Snyder's wife is cooperating with the police and was the one who confirmed that she was being held against her will by her husband.

Police reportedly found "a number" of guns in the home, Manger said at the press conference. He did not elaborate.

Over four hours after police initially responded to the incident, the area remained an "active scene", the county police department said on its official Twitter page.

The suspect was reportedly known to police.

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