Police: Man Charged With Shooting His Mother In Bear On Thursday

New Castle County Police released details surrounding a shooting that only First State Update told you about yesterday.

Police spokesman Corporal Michael McNasby said on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 04:17 AM, officers were dispatched to the unit block of East Weald Avenue in Porter Square in reference to a shooting investigation. Officers arrived on the scene and took a male suspect into custody without incident and identified him as Jacob Orchard, 28, of Bear.

Officers then cleared the residence and located a 50-year-old female victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound. Police were advised on scene that the victim was shot by her son, Jacob Orchard, said McNasby. The victim was transported to Christiana Hospital where she was treated and released.

A search warrant was authorized for the Weald Avenue residence and executed by detectives at which time a handgun and methamphetamine were recovered said McNasby.

Orchard was charged with one felony count of assault first, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and one felony count of possession of a controlled/counterfeit substance. He was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and is being held at the Howard R Young Correctional Institution in lieu of $121,000.00 cash bail.

Breaking Report

Just before 4:20, Thursday morning rescue crews were dispatched to a home in the unit block of E Weald Avenue for reports of a shooting.

Initial reports from the scene indicate that one person was airlifted via Delaware State Police Aviation’s¬†Trooper 4¬† just after 4:40 am.

Residents tell FSU that New Castle County Police are still at the home that is cordoned off with yellow police tape.

This is a developing story. We will update the story when the police release additional details.

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