UPDATED: Standoff at Larksville slaying home

By Bill O’Boyle and Roger DuPuis - [email protected]
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LARKSVILLE — Police are outside a borough home where a man was found shot dead earlier this week, trying to get someone to come out of the house.

State Police, borough police and a waiting ambulance have gathered around 590 Washington Ave., the double-block home in which the body of William Denman, 64, was found face-up on the couch by his wife early Tuesday.

Reports by neighbors of a possible standoff between troopers and the victim’s son, Ulysses Edward Denman, 20, of 588 Washington Ave., could not immediately be confirmed.

Troopers earlier on Wednesday identified Ulysses Denman as a person of interest in the case.

“Come out of the house, we need to talk to you,” police were heard shouting through a bullhorn at about 9:15 p.m.

“We’re not leaving until you come out,” they continued. “Your mom wants to speak with you.”

An autopsy performed by the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office revealed the elder Denman was shot twice in the head with a small-caliber weapon. The manner of death was ruled homicide.

A Facebook page for the younger Denman appears to have been last publicly updated shortly before 1 p.m. Monday.

Investigators said Eleanor Denman told them she left for work at about 10:15 p.m. Monday and everything was fine when she last spoke to her husband by phone just before 11 p.m.

When she returned home more than eight hours later, Eleanor Denman told investigators, she found her husband face-up on the couch with what were initially described as puncture wounds.

The house is equipped with a video surveillance system and a monitor for surveillance cameras was located in the same room where Denman was found. The surveillance system was taken by state police.

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By Bill O’Boyle and Roger DuPuis

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