A New Jersey man who is a known sexual predator, barricaded himself inside of his house and caused a huge standoff with police that lasted several hours and left several officers injured and one bystander dead.
Tyleeb Reese, 35, was about to be arrested by Trenton deputies for a sexual assault, when the man decided to open fire as the police were about to arrest him.
One neighbor, from down the street, suffered serious injuries from that first round of gunfire and later died at the hospital.
Reese then opened fire again, injuring three police officers.
Reese has been in prison before for sexual misconduct with a minor.
The Daily Mail reports:
A bystander has been killed and three police officers injured in an ongoing standoff with a New Jersey sex offender who has barricaded himself inside a house.
Tyleeb Reese, 35, opened fire on US Marshals and sheriffs’ officers when they came to arrest him for sexual assault at 6.20am on Wednesday at a home in Trenton, New Jersey.
He was previously jailed for sexual misconduct involving a minor.
Richard Powell Jr., a 56-year-old who lives one street away, was injured when the first shots were fired on Wednesday morning. He later died in hospital.
Three Mercer County officers were injured in a second round of gunfire on Wednesday night. They were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries and have since been released.
Negotiators speaking on a megaphone were still trying to coax Reese out of the house on Thursday morning.
When asked what he wants, he told them he wanted to go to heaven, according to CBS.
Shocking footage recorded by a neighbor showed the first gunfire in which Powell Jr. was hit.
He lay motionless on the street behind a car while police fired back at Reese before frantically dragging his body out of the crossfire when the bullets stopped.
SWAT teams dressed in riot gear remain at the scene with a negotiator who is trying to coax Reese out of the home.