Latest: Suspect Dead, Trooper Injured After Shooting In Delaware

Update 2

Kirkwood Gardens – The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate a trooper involved shooting that occurred last night, December 16, 2017. The suspect, only identified as a 30-year-old Wilmington man, has succumbed to his injuries, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said the trooper, who sustained bodily injuries, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released.

Early reports indicate that incident occurred at approximately 4:24 p.m. in the area of Farrand Drive and Hammond Place, Wilmington. Officials said that the investigation revealed that a trooper was attempting to conduct a traffic stop and was dragged by the suspect vehicle, according to Bratz. Officials did confirm that the trooper fired his firearm at the suspect during the incident. Local residents reported hearing multiple shots.

The suspect’s vehicle subsequently came to rest in a nearby creek after plowing through a yard, narrowing missing a house near the intersection of  Farrand Drive and Hammond Place. Reports from the scene indicate that the suspect was undergoing CPR as medical crews were being dispatched to the scene. It’s unclear if the Trooper was the one performing the CPR. Police and rescue crews responding to the scene were slowed by heavy rush hour traffic and icy roads.

A resident that lives in the house, narrowly missed by the vehicle, who did not want to be publicly identified, said that police were chasing a car when it slide through his yard and ended up in the creek next to his house. It’s likely that the suspect was already wounded before he crashed into the creek.

Two woman who appeared to be very upset by what they had witnessed were being interviewed by investigators at the scene.

The 37-year-old Trooper involved in this incident has been employed by the Delaware State Police for 11 years, and is assigned to Troop 6 patrol, in Prices Corner, DE. He has been placed on administrative leave as per Divisional Policy, pending the outcome of the investigation, said Bratz.

Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident and will release more information as it becomes available, according to Bratz.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective M. Csapo of the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit by calling 302-741-2729. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

 

Update

Kirkwood Gardens – The Delaware State Police are currently investigating a shooting incident where a suspect was shot by a Trooper earlier this afternoon, according to Director of Public Information Officer, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said – The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred on December 15, 2017 at approximately 4:24 p.m. in the area of Farrand Drive and Hammond Place, Wilmington. The initial investigation reveals a trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop and was subsequently dragged by the suspect vehicle, according to Bratz. The trooper fired his divisionally issued firearm at the suspect.

During the traffic stop the Trooper sustained non-life threatening injuries. The trooper was then transported to a local area hospital. The suspect was also transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries.

This investigation is active and ongoing with further details to be released as they become available, according to Bratz.

Farrand Drive is currently closed at (DE 2) Kirkwood Highway as the investigation continues.

Reports indicate that the suspect has succumbed to their injuries.

Breaking Report

Kirkwood Gardens – Delaware State Police, along with New Castle County Police are currently on scene in the 2000 block of Hammond Place.

Reports from the scene indicate that a police chase came to an end in a yard on Hammond Place, resulting in an officer involved shooting.

The resident that lives in the home, who did not want to be publicly identified, said that police were chasing a car when it slide through his yard and ended up in the creek next to his house.

The witness confirmed that there was a shooting and that a Trooper was involved.

Reports that the Trooper was dragged by the car have not been confirmed.

Several witnesses are currently being question by Delaware State Police investigators on scene.

Indications are that the State Trooper was not injured but the suspect was undergoing CPR.

The nature of the suspects injuries are unknown.

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