Troopers: Man Held On $1M After Shooting Girlfriend, Self On Christmas Day

The Delaware State Police have arrested a Lincoln man after a domestic incident led to him shooting his girlfriend, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe.

Jaffe said the incident occurred on Tuesday, December 25, 2018, at approximately 7:39 a.m., when Troopers were dispatched to the 19000 block of Pine Street in Lincoln, Delaware in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, Troopers made contact with a 37-year-old female who sustained a single gunshot wound to her upper torso. Further investigation revealed that the victim and her boyfriend, 40-year-old Javaghn D. Waples, had engaged in a verbal altercation, said Jaffe. The alteration led to Waples obtaining a gun and firing a single shot at the victim and subsequently striking himself in his upper extremity, said Jaffe. During this incident, two minors ages 15 and 12 were present in the residence.

Both the victim and Waples were transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Upon Waples release from the hospital, he was transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with the following:

Attempt to Commit Murder First Degree
Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited
Terroristic Threatening
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (2 counts)
Waples was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $1,006,600.000 cash only bond.


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