Man who fired on police before killing himself identified


The man held police at bay for several hours until he was found dead in the house.

Authorities have identified the man who held police at bay for hours earlier this week, firing on them at one point, before eventually killing himself this week.

Police say Michael Glennon, 24, argued with a family member Wednesday night in a home on Hampshire Road in the Sicklerville section of Gloucester Township, then took a gun and began shooting outside.

Authorities say police responded to the scene around 8 p.m.

A male family member fled from the house in the Brittany Woods development and told police what was going on inside.

A woman police identified as Glennon’s girlfriend was still inside the house and on the phone with police when Glennon began firing on officers outside, authorities said. That woman was afraid of being injured by gunfire if she tried to flee so she remained in the house.

The standoff lasted through the night. Schools in the area were shutdown as a precaution.

Police are still actively working to resolve the barricaded person situation. Those that live in the red area of the map should shelter in their home. pic.twitter.com/ObCg2aexQy

— GloucesterTwpPolice (@GloTwpPolice) January 11, 2018

Officers eventually made entry into the home and found the front door and stairway had been barricaded with furniture. Police discovered Glennon dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

His girlfriend was found in an upstairs bedroom unharmed.

Detectives located an SKS 7.62 x 39 rifle with a tripod, a hunting rifle and a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber handgun along with ammunition, according to police.

Officers did not fire any shots during the standoff, according to authorities. No officers or residents were injured.

The male family member and girlfriend were taken to Gloucester Township Police headquarters for questioning. Authorities are still trying to determine how Glennon obtained the weapons.

Police emphasized this was something that rarely happens.

“We want the residents to know that this was an isolated incident and that the community is safe.”

Bill Gallo Jr. may be reached at bgallo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow Bill Gallo Jr. on Twitter @bgallojr. Find NJ.com on Facebook. Have a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips

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