Troopers Identify Elderly Woman Shot And Killed 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 Hilda Donaway, of Bridgeville, 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 Hilda Donaway was struck by gunfire in the kitchen where she died from her wounds. As Ronald 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 Ronald 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.