Towne Point Elementary School Cancels Classes, Open House Due To Overnight Night Shooting


Update: Arrests Made In This Case

Dover – Towne Point Elementary School was closed Wednesday, August 29, 2018, due to a fatal shooting that took place Tuesday evening.

The Dover Police Department is investigating the shooting death of a 39-year-old man on Tuesday night. At approximately 9:58PM on August 28th, officers responded to Towne Point Elementary School for a report of shots fired with a subject lying on the ground. Upon arrival officers located Derrick Combs who had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was deceased.

During the preliminary investigation, detectives have learned enough information to believe this was not a random act and there is no threat to Towne Point Elementary and have identified a person of interest. There were no students at the school at the time of the incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Capital School District has closed Towne Point Elementary on August 28th, 2018. For questions pertaining to Capital School District, please contact Candace McCarthy (Public Relations) at 302-672-1500

Dr. Dan Shelton, Superintendent of Capital School District, released the following statement:

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT from Dr. Shelton for 8/29/18
-Late last night, there was a domestic incident on the grounds of Towne Point Elementary School which concluded with a fatal shooting. Teachers and students were gone for the day and were never in any danger or risk. Dover Police Department works very closely with the Capital School District in incidents involving our schools. We have no reason to believe that there is currently any potential threat against any of our students or staff. This is an ongoing investigation by the Dover Police Department.

In the spirit of utmost caution, Towne Point Elementary will remain closed today, Wednesday, August 29th.

As you know, the Capital School District takes student and staff safety very seriously and are saddened by the unfortunate events that may take place in our neighborhoods. We also strive to keep our families informed of events in and around our schools. We anticipate when Towne Point re-opens tomorrow, an additional Dover Police presence.

Parents were notified late that the Open House was cancelled for 8/29. It will rescheduled.