Dover woman seriously injured during domestic incident; 3 officers hurt

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DOVER — A female was seriously hurt at her residence — and three responding police officers suffered lesser injuries — as a result of a domestic-related incident Wednesday, authorities said.

Corey Reyes, 40, of Dover, who city police said was dating the woman, was later charged with four counts of second-degree assault, among other offenses.

Master Cpl. Ryan Schmid said officers were called to the scene at approximately 8:38 p.m. The location was not released to protect the identity of the victim.

According to police, Mr. Reyes put his hands around the female’s neck, “impeding her breathing, and caused serious injury to her lower body.” The woman’s child was present at the time, Cpl. Schmid added.

She was treated for her injuries at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus in Dover. No update on her condition was available Thursday morning, police said.

When arriving officers tried to take Mr. Reyes into custody at another residence, a scuffle ensued, Cpl. Schmid said. Subsequently, the three officers fell from an elevated platform onto concrete, where the struggle continued.

Mr. Reyes was eventually taken into custody, and police concluded that he was intoxicated.

The officers did not require immediate medical attention, and each finished their shifts, police said.

Besides the assault counts (which included three charges of injuring a law enforcement officer), Mr. Reyes was charged with strangulation, resisting arrest with force of violence, terroristic threatening, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal mischief (three counts) and disorderly conduct. He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution, Georgetown, on $22,400 secured bail.

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