Trooper Okay After Being Dragged By Fleeing Vehicle, Fight Over Taser, Suspect In Custody


Seaford – Delaware State Police have arrested a Seaford man after a traffic stop led to an Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at approximately 5:24 p.m. when a Trooper initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Dodge Durango, on German Road for failure to stop at a stop sign. The Trooper made contact with the driver, who initially provided a false name.

Jaffe said the driver attempted to place the vehicle in drive at which time the Trooper’s arm became entangled in the steering wheel and the driver accelerated forward. As the Trooper was being dragged on the side of the vehicle, he attempted to deploy his TASER, according to Jaffe. The vehicle then came to a sudden stop and a struggle ensued over the TASER. The Trooper at this point was able to free himself from the side of the vehicle.

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The driver, later identified as 29-year-old Brandon T. Showell, then exited the vehicle and a foot pursuit ensued, said Jaffe. Showell was subsequently apprehended and taken into custody. A computer check revealed that Showell was wanted for a Sussex County Superior Court Rule 9 Robbery 1st warrant along with several Violation of Probation and court capiases.

He was transported back to Troop 5 where he was charged with Assault 2nd on a Law Enforcement Officer, Removing a Deadly Weapon from Law Enforcement, Resisting Arrest with Force, Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Impersonation, Driving While Revoked, and 2 counts of Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign. He was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $10,000 cash only bond.

The Trooper was transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.