Situation at Larksville homicide house unclear

By Bill O’Boyle and Roger DuPuis - [email protected]
Ulysses Denman and William Denman -
Police are seen on the porch of a home on Washington Avenue in Larksville Wednesday night, next door to a home where a man was found shot dead early Tuesday. - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader
State Police try and coax out Ulysses Denman from a home on Washington Street. Aimee Dilger|Times Leader - Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

LARKSVILLE — Was he there?

Police on Wednesday night surrounded the double-block home of a slain borough man, shouting messages through a bullhorn at his son — a person of interest — who was believed to be inside.

After four hours, most of the officers left the scene early Thursday with no explanation — and, apparently, no one in custody.

William Denman, 64, was discovered by wife Eleanor face-up on a couch at 590 Washington Ave. early Tuesday with two head wounds from a small-caliber weapon.

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.

Ulysses Edward Denman, 20, who had not been seen since Monday, was identified as a person of interest in the case by Pennsylvania State Police on Wednesday morning.

Ulysses was identified as living next door to his parents at 588 Washington Ave.

A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, told the Times Leader that Ulysses was seen entering the home Wednesday evening.

State and local police, together with a waiting ambulance, gathered outside the home sometime after 8 p.m. and blocked off Washington Avenue. Shortly before 9 p.m. they began shouting at Ulysses with a bullhorn.

“Come out of the house, we need to talk to you,” officers shouted.

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

A Times Leader reporter and photographer were within sight of the home from shortly after the police arrived and until 12:30 a.m. Thursday, when most of the remaining officers left.

The house appeared to have been dark inside, with officers shining lights inside during the evening.

Chronology

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.

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

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.

Ulysses Denman and William Denman
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_denmans-8.jpgUlysses Denman and William Denman

Police are seen on the porch of a home on Washington Avenue in Larksville Wednesday night, next door to a home where a man was found shot dead early Tuesday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_image_6483441-3-1-6.jpgPolice are seen on the porch of a home on Washington Avenue in Larksville Wednesday night, next door to a home where a man was found shot dead early Tuesday. Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

State Police try and coax out Ulysses Denman from a home on Washington Street. Aimee Dilger|Times Leader
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_TTL073118ulysses2.jpgState Police try and coax out Ulysses Denman from a home on Washington Street. Aimee Dilger|Times Leader Aimee Dilger | Times Leader

By Bill O’Boyle and Roger DuPuis

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