Investigators said Tuesday the motive remains under investigation but noted that Snyder's wife told them she had been held against her will by her husband over the weekend and had managed to escape to her neighbor's home Monday afternoon.
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Police were sent to the house on Brown Farm way about 4:30 p.m.to investigate the report of a domestic disturbance.
According to the chief of police of Montgomery County George.
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.
Police said the suspect, Christopher Wilson Snyder, 41, fled to his house across the street. "One of those adults was the suspect's wife", Manger said. At 10:50 p.m., Starks said people were still being asked to remain in their homes.
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"When they breached the front door, the suspect was on the phone with negotiators", Manger said. Police negotiators then made contact with him over the phone to urge him to surrender.
The tactical team was searching the rest of the house because, during the negotiations, police learned that there could be explosives and several guns inside the house, Manger said.
Police did not elaborate Monday night on why Mr. Snyder had been holding his wife hostage or whether he had some other specific grudge against the family across the street.
Detectives said they heard a single shot and found Snyder dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The number of deaths was not known, but police reported "multiple fatalities".