Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial Damaged By Axe Wielding Vandal

The Dover Police Department is investigating an incident where the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial was damaged by a suspect with an axe, according to M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer.

At approximately 5:35 AM on Friday, June 12th, officers received a call from a passerby that a subject was striking the memorial with a sledgehammer. When officers arrived, the suspect was not present, however, officers found significant damage to the neck of the kneeling officer statue.

In addition to the damage, two State of Delaware flags were laid in front of the officer statue and soaked in urine. An axe was also left at the scene.

Dover Police said they cannot release specific details at this time, however, they are confident that the suspect, in this case, is not affiliated with a group of demonstrators that have conducted protest activity in recent days.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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