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  • UPDATE: Homicide victim, suspect in Williamsville Road standoff identified

  • The names of the victim and the suspect in the Sept. 1 police standoff on Williamsville Road have been released by the Delaware State Police.
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  • A spokesman for the Delaware State Police has confirmed the identities of the two persons killed in the Sept. 1 standoff with police on Williamsville Road in Milford.
    The homicide victim was identified as Clarence L. "Pete" Short, 72, of Milford. The standoff began at 2:18 p.m. Sunday when police received a call that a man, now identified as Short, had been shot and was found lying in yard on Williamsville Road. Short was taken to Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead due to gunshot wounds to the upper torso.
    The suspect was identified as Lorenzo Johnson, 42, also of Milford. Johnson was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after officers with the Special Operations Resource Team entered the home around 7:30 p.m.
    Short was the landlord at a the Williamsville Road residence, and Johnson the tenant, said police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
    Homicide detectives are continuing their investigation, Fournier said.
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    Delaware State Police responded to the scene of an incident in the 5000 block of Williamsville Road in Milford this afternoon, where a possibly armed and barricaded subject was found dead at approximately 7:30 p.m.
    Troopers received a call about a man who was shot and found lying in a yard on Williamsville Road shortly after 2 p.m. on Sept. 1, said police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.
    The victim, a 72-year-old Milford man, was transported to Bayhealth-Milford Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead at arrival, police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack said.
    The deceased unidentified 42-year-old Milford man, who reportedly resides in the residence with the victim is suspected in the shooting, Fournier said.
    Prior to entering the residence, the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team and Conflict Management Team were attempting to make contact with the subject and were attempting to persuade him to surrender. The Delaware State Police Special Operations Response team made entry at about 7:30 p.m. and located the body of the subject, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Shavack said.
    Residents that were evacuated as a precaution are now permitted entry. Williamsville Road between Griffiths Lake Drive and Holly Hill Road will remained closed as police continue to investigate the incident.
    The names of the victim and the suspect are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Continue to follow www.milfordbeacon.com for updates as they become available.

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