Police: Pair Turns To Gunfire To Solve Dispute, Both Jailed

L-R: Collick, Sample

Delaware State Police arrested two Millsboro men on multiple criminal charges following a shooting Saturday night in the Millsboro area, according to Public Information Officer, Sergeant Heather Pepper.

Pepper said on April 9, 2022, at approximately 6:42 p.m., Delaware State Police responded to a reported shooting in the 28000 block of Mount Joy Road. The investigation determined Curtis Collick, 36, of Millsboro, and Clayton Sample, 47, of Millsboro, are neighbors on Mount Joy Road.

Before the shooting, the men were involved in a verbal dispute outside their residences. The argument escalated, and both men fired multiple gunshots at each other according to Pepper. Curtis was struck one time in the lower torso area and fled in a vehicle prior to police arrival. Troopers responding to the scene observed Curtis’ vehicle, and a traffic stop was conducted. EMS responded and transported him to an area hospital, where he was treated for a non-life-threatening injury and released. Clayton was uninjured and taken into custody without incident at the scene and transported to Delaware State Police Troop 4.

Curtis was charged with the following crimes:

Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony)
Reckless Endangering First Degree (Felony)
He was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $152,000.00 cash bond.

Clayton was charged with the following crimes:

Assault First Degree (Felony)
Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)

He was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $130,000.00 cash bond.

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