Two Charged With Murder 1 In Townsend Shooting Death

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The Delaware State Police have arrested two men in connection with a 2016 Townsend murder, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz

After three years, the ongoing Homicide investigation into the shooting death of Joshua James, 28 of Townsend, has led detectives to issue warrants for suspects Jamar L. Waters, 32 of Middletown and Sylvester E. Gould Jr., 31 of Newark, Delaware.

The investigation began this morning, Friday, April 22, 2016, at approximately 3:42 a.m., after troopers were called to respond to a residence located in the 500 block of Dogtown Road, Townsend, for the report of a shooting. Upon their arrival troopers learned that two armed suspects had entered the home and confronted two male residents. It was then that a physical altercation occurred during which time one of the male victims was shot, according to Bratz. Both suspects then fled from the residence in an unknown direction.

Emergency Medical Services personnel, who had also responded, performed advanced life-saving efforts on the victim; however, he was subsequently pronounced dead at the scene. His body will be turned over to the Division of Forensic Sciences where an autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death. The second male victim suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The indictments are for Murder 1st degree, Conspiracy, Home Invasion, Robbery 1st and two counts of Possession of a Firearm by Person Prohibited and Possession of Firearm During the Commission of a Felony.

Bratz said on April 24, 2019, suspect Sylvester Gould was arrested in Elkton, Maryland where he was being held on an out of state fugitive warrant pending extradition. On Friday, April 26, 2019, he was extradited back to Delaware and processed at Troop 2 and arraigned before the Superior Court of New Castle County. Held on $1,085,000.00 cash bond.

Jamar Waters was already in custody as a sentenced inmate at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on unrelated charges.

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