Police: Elderly Man Charged With Killing His Elderly Ex-Wife In Bridgeville

Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man Wednesday night on murder and related charges after he shot his ex-wife as he fired multiple rounds into her residence, according to Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Heather Pepper.

Pepper said on December 22, 2021, at approximately 6:18 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the 11000 block of Abbys Way in Bridgeville, for a reported shooting. The investigation revealed Ronald Donaway,74, of Millsboro, responded to the residence which was occupied by his 70-year-old ex-wife and her 23-year-old grandson. While outside, Donaway began shooting with a rifle into the windows of the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms said Pepper. The 70-year-old female was struck by gunfire in the kitchen where she died from her wounds. As Donaway was shooting into the residence, the grandson fled out a bedroom window to escape and was uninjured. The suspect then entered the home for a short period of time before fleeing the area in a black Kia. As troopers were responding to the scene, a traffic stop was conducted on Donaway’s vehicle at the entrance of the community and he was taken into custody without incident.

Ronald Donaway was transported to Delaware State Police Troop 5 and charged with Murder First Degree (Felony), Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony), Home Invasion (Felony), and Reckless Endangering First Degree (Felony). He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court #3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of a $900,000.00 cash bond.