Man Killed In Trooper Shooting May Have Had A History Of Fleeing, Weapon

Wilmington – The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate a trooper involved shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Bratz said the suspect was transported to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries. The suspect has been identified as  Adam Radcliffe , 30 of Wilmington, Delaware.

Bratz said the incident occurred on Friday, December 15, 2017 at approximately 4:24 p.m. as a trooper on patrol observed a burgundy Honda strike a pole and was driving erratically on Boxwood Road near Centerville Road inWilmington.

The suspect vehicle fled from the crash scene and the trooper followed the suspect vehicle which was later seen in the Kirkwood Plaza Shopping Center off of Kirkwood Highway, located at 4365 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, according to Bratz.

As the trooper proceeded to make contact with the driver, the suspect vehicle sped off with the trooper attached to the passenger side door dragging him, said Bratz. The vehicle accelerated down the access road for Kirkwood Plaza before turning left onto Farrand Drive.

The Trooper fired his divisionally issued weapon striking the suspect, according to Bratz. The suspect vehicle sped off down Farrand Drive into the neighborhood. Troopers began canvassing the area for the suspect and located the burgundy Honda Civic off of Hammond Place at the end of Farrand Drive where it drove through a fence into a small creek.

Troopers removed the sole occupant from the vehicle and performed CPR. Emergency Medical Personnel arrived on scene and transported the subject to the Christiana Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident, said Bratz.

Back in April of this year a 30-year-old man named Adam Radcliffe was arrested and charged with Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon and drug charges, at the same Kirkwood Plaza Shopping Center. Radcliffe reportedly fled from officers in that incident. Authorities did not say if this is the same Adam Radcliffe involved in this incident. Read That Story Here. Court records from 2013 show that an Adam Radcliffe lived less than 50 yards from where Troopers found the Honda Civic last night.

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