Married couple, 85 and 86, shot in Delaware cemetery; 1 dead

BEAR, Del. (AP) — A married Maryland couple in their 80s were the victims in a shooting at a veterans cemetery in Delaware.

Delaware State Police on Friday night identified the victims as an 86-year-old man and 85-year-old woman from Elkton, Maryland.

The wife was pronounced dead at the scene. The husband was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition Friday night.

The two were at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Bear on Friday morning when they were shot. Their names have not yet been released.

A suspect engaged in a shootout with police around noon Friday. He was found dead from a gunshot wound a few hours later in a wooded area where the shootout took place. The suspect was identified only as a 29-year-old man from Middletown, Delaware. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect shot himself or was hit by police in the earlier exchange of gunfire, police said.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

The state-owned cemetery is overseen by the Office of Veterans Services, a division of the Delaware Department of State.


An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the 86-year-old man had died. As of Friday night, he was in critical condition.

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