Flint, Michigan Man Charged In Shots Fired Incident That Closed I-295 On Sunday

Delaware State Police have arrested 25-year-old Kirby Richards of Flint, Michigan, for weapons-related charges, according to Public Information Officer, Sergeant India Sturgis.

Sturgis said on Sunday, July 17, 2022, at 6:47 p.m., the Emergency Operations Center received a phone call for a shots-fired complaint on the southbound side of I-295, south of US 13. When troopers arrived on the scene, they learned that Kirby Richards was the passenger of a vehicle involved in a minor motor vehicle collision at that location.

Kirby exited the vehicle and attempted to block traffic so the vehicles involved in the collision could move to the shoulder of the roadway. The victim, a 58-year-old male from Wilmington, Delaware, traveling in a vehicle not involved in the collision, was passing by the scene while Kirby was standing in the roadway. The victim attempted to drive around Kirby, at which time a verbal argument ensued between the two men.

During the argument, Kirby returned to his vehicle and retrieved a firearm said Sturgis. Kirby then fired the weapon at the victim, which struck the victim’s vehicle approximately four times, according to Sturgis. The victim then fled onto I-495 northbound and contacted 911. Kirby remained on the scene and was taken into custody without incident. He was then transported to Troop 6, where he was charged with the following crimes:

Two counts of Reckless Endangering 1st Degree (F)
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (F)
Criminal Mischief Greater than $1000 (M)
Kirby was arraigned by the Justice of the Peace Court # 11 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institute on a $33,000 secured bond.

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