Gunman shoots self after killing 3, holding wife captive

Credit WRC-TV via WBAL-TV 11

Credit WRC-TV via WBAL-TV 11

Shortly after police officers eventually broke down the door and entered the home, the suspect fatally shot himself.

- The three victims killed by a suspect who stormed a Montgomery County home after his wife escaped his captivity and ran for help Monday have been identified by officials.

"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. Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger said 911 call-takers could hear gunshots in the background of some of the calls they were receiving.

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

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

"Officers learned that three other adults who had also been at the home at the time of the shooting had been able to escape from the home unharmed". A contractor's van remained parked outside of the home where the three were killed.

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They reported seeing another vehicle stopped in front of the Harter's vehicle, according to a media release from police. The Harter family pleaded anyone with any knowledge of the suspect to come forward and help solve Harter's murder.

Police say the suspect is known to them, but they can not confirm if the shooting was domestic related. Police negotiators then made contact with him over the phone to urge him to surrender. His wife told investigators that Snyder had held her captive in their home for the weekend prior, and that she took an opportunity to flee the home on Monday.

According to reports, Snyder had a history of run-ins with police, and his address is listed as gun dealer Black Widow Enterprises, LLC.

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