The tactical situation resulted when the Fugitive Apprehension Unit and the United States Marshals Service attempted to arrest a subject wanted in Georgetown Delaware on multiple felony charges. The subject was in a room at the Midtown Motel in the 10600 block of Jefferson Avenue and refused to come out and barricaded himself in the room. At about 11:45 A.M. the Tactical Operations Unit (TOU) responded with negotiators who attempted to convince the subject to surrender peacefully. These efforts were unsuccessful resulting in the TOU deploying CS gas into the room and forcing entry into the room. Upon entry, officers found the subject unconscious. The subject was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. He was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Norfolk for examination.
On Thursday, January 8, 2015, the medical examiner determined the cause and manner of death to be suicide by hanging.
The deceased has been identified as Jawan T. Colson, 30, with a last known address in Lincoln Delaware. Colson was wanted in Georgetown Delaware on three counts of rape and one count each of strangulation, unlawful sexual contact, unlawful imprisonment, theft of a motor vehicle and one count of theft under $1500.