Officer-involved shooting in Bridgeville under investigation

Posted 10/5/23

An officer-involved shooting in Bridgeville Wednesday night is under investigation, Delaware State Police said.

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Officer-involved shooting in Bridgeville under investigation


BRIDGEVILLE — An officer-involved shooting Wednesday night is under investigation, Delaware State Police said.

According to authorities, at approximately 10:50 p.m., the Bridgeville Police Department responded to Canterbury Apartments for a report of a home invasion where a Black male forced his way into the house and displayed a firearm to two residents. The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of the Bridgeville Police Department, police said.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., police said, the Emergency Operations Center received a phone call from a Perdue AgriBusiness- Bridgeville Grain Elevator and Feed Mill employee.

The caller advised that a co-worker, later determined to be the same suspect from the home invasion, showed up at the business and stated that this was his last day, police said. He displayed a firearm and told his colleague to call the police prior to fleeing the scene, police said.

Troop 5 and officers from the Bridgeville Police Department responded to the area of Newton and Adams Road, where they located the suspect walking in a field, police said. He was given commands to stop, and the suspect fired his weapon twice, police said. A trooper returned fire, police said.

Police said that a short time later, the suspect was found dead in the middle of Newton Road with a gunshot wound. He had a firearm, and one shell casing from his gun was beside his body, police said.

At this time, police said, it is unknown whether the suspect’s injuries were self-inflicted or resulted from the gunfire exchange.

The suspect is a 23-year-old man from Bridgeville, police said. His name is being withheld until family and relatives are notified.

Per Delaware State Police standard operating procedures, the involved trooper will be put on administrative leave while an investigation is conducted regarding the use of force, police said.

The Homicide Unit is still actively investigating this incident and asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Sergeant S. Yeich by calling 302-741-2703. Information may also be provided by contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.

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