Man Arrested After Newport Police Chase Crash Now Charged In Shooting

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A Wilmington Police investigation has resulted in the arrest of an 18-year-old man in connection with an August 6 shooting incident, according to police.

Officials said on August 6 at approximately 9:28 p.m., police responded to the unit block of Lower Oak Street in reference to a shooting that had occurred. Police located a 16-year-old male gunshot victim, who was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released.

The case was assigned to Detective Douglas Rivell of the Criminal Investigations Division. Officials said through the course of his investigation, Detective Rivell identified 18-year-old Nazir Henry as a suspect. Henry, who was already incarcerated on unrelated charges, has been charged with the following offenses in connection with this incident:

Assault (Second Degree)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (within 10 years of a felony conviction)

He was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 2 and given $65,000 secured bail.

On Sunday, August 18, 2019, Henry was one of four people arrested after a police chase that ended in a crash in Newport.  At approximately 5:00 that Sunday evening, patrol officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the 3000 block of Valley Brook Drive in the community of Oakwood Hills for a loud party complaint, according to M/Cpl. Michel Eckerd . The homeowner, 44-year-old Jennifer Zoli was given a warning and the party quieted down.

Eckerd said at approximately 7:50 p.m. patrol officers were called back to this address for a report of gunshots being fired. An initial caller stated that someone was actively shooting into a crowd of party-goers. Other callers reported that the suspects had a rifle and a handgun and also added that there were possibly people injured.

As the initial units were arriving at the scene, a vehicle description was provided. An incoming patrol unit was able to locate the vehicle traveling down McKennan’s Church Road towards Milltown Road. The unit got behind the vehicle and activated his emergency equipment. In response, the suspect vehicle sped off southbound on Limestone Road, according to Eckerd. The suspect vehicle then turned eastbound on Route 4. As the suspect vehicle entered Newport it failed to negotiate the turn near Dom’s Pizza, struck several parked cars and flipped onto its roof. Two males fled from the vehicle and were apprehended by assisting patrol units from the Delaware State Police and Newport Police Department. Two additional male suspects remained with the vehicle, said Eckard.

All four suspects were transported to a local hospital where they were treated and released for minor, non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspects were identified as 18- year-old Michael Guzman, 19-year-old William Barnett, 19-year-old Cartney Goode, and 18-year-old Nazir Henry.

Units at the scene were able to determine that no civilians or police officers were struck by gunfire.

Michael Guzman, the driver of the vehicle, was charged with one count felony Disregarding a Police Officer Signal, one count misdemeanor Resisting Arrest, one count each Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Aggressive Driving, Reckless Driving, Failure to Have Insurance Card in Possession, Driving the Wrong way on a One Way Road, Driving Across a Median, and Failure to have a License in Possession. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court and released on $3000 unsecured bail.

Courtney Goode was charged with one count felony Receiving a Stolen Firearm, one count misdemeanor Resisting Arrest. He was also arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 and was also released on $3000 unsecured bail.

William Barnett was charged with one count misdemeanor Resisting Arrest. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and released on $1000 unsecured bail.

Nazir Henry was charged with one count felony Receiving a Stolen Firearm, two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and one count of misdemeanor Resisting Arrest. At the time of the release, Nazir Henry had not been arraigned.

Jennifer Zoli was charged with one count of Disorderly Premises and issued a Criminal Summons.

Below is the radio traffic from the medical dispatch side of the incident. This does not include the police traffic.

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