Officials: Man Wanted In Shooting Lead Police On Pursuit In Dover

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On Friday, September 6th, 2019 at approximately 8:30 PM, officers observed Zion Saunders (18) in the area of S. New Street and Reed Street, according to  M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public.

Hoffman said Saunders had been identified as a suspect an August shooting on S. New Street and was wanted by the Dover Police Department. Officers attempted to stop Saunders, who fled in a vehicle. During the pursuit, assisting officers were able to successfully deploy stop sticks which deflated the tires to the vehicle that Saunders was operating.

Once Saunders was stopped, he continued to physically resist officers as they took him into custody.

Hoffman said at approximately 2:45 am on August 11th, officers responded to the Unit Block of S. New Street for a report of several shots fired.  Arriving officers learned that the female victim suffered a graze wound to her lower body.  The victim was treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital and released.

Several shell casings were found at the scene and that at least two houses were struck by gunfire.

Saunders was issued an O.R. Bond on the following charges stemming from the pursuit and arrest:
-Disregard Police Officer Signal
-Resisting Arrest
-Disorderly Conduct
-Several Traffic Offenses

Saunders was committed to SCI in default of $26,100 cash bond on the following charges in connection with the August 11th shooting incident:
-Assault 2nd Degree
-Possession of Firearm/Ammo by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Reckless Endangering (12x)
-Criminal Mischief (2x)


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