Police: Barricaded Subject Who Shot At Troopers Charged With Attempted Murder

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Dover, Delaware – The Delaware State Police (DSP) have arrested Justin M. Topolski, 38 of Dover, for an incident stemming from a domestic violence case where he subsequently barricaded himself in the residence and fired shots in the direction of Troopers striking a marked DSP Tahoe, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

Police said the incident occurred on June 25, 2019, at approximately 9:12 a.m, when Topolski’s mother responded to Troop 3 to report that he had threatened her with a knife during an argument while inside their residence, located in the unit block of Howe Drive.

Members of the Troop 3 Patrol responded to the residence in an attempt to contact Topolski. Upon their arrival, Topolski entered the residence and refused verbal commands to exit. A perimeter was set up around the residence and Topolski fired shots in the direction of Troopers, subsequently striking a marked DSP Tahoe that was parked in the driveway, according to police.

Later that day, at approximately 12:59 p.m., Topolski exited the residence and was taken into custody without further incident. He was transported to a local area hospital for an evaluation.

Bratz said on Friday, July 12, 2019, Topolski was released from the Rockford Center (Behavioral Health Facility) and transported to Troop 2 where he was processed and charged with:

Attempted to Commit Murder 1st Degree
Three Counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
Two Counts of Reckless Endangering 1st Degree Creates a Substantial Risk of Death
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
Aggravated Menacing
Terroristic Threatening
Offensive Touching

He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution in default of $665,100.00 cash bond.


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