A Delaware state trooper has been shot and later died of his injuries on Wednesday, outside of a convenience store, after approaching a suspicious vehicle. The trooper’s identity is currently being withheld until the family has been notified.
Police have identified the suspect, but they are not releasing his name either. However, they ARE communicating with him. Master Cpl. Gary Fournier stated, “We’re negotiating with him. There has been some establishment of communication between the suspect and police agencies.”
Delaware State Police Superintendent Nathaniel McQueen said the trooper approached a “suspicious vehicle” in the Wawa parking lot with two people inside. McQueen said a struggle ensued and the trooper was shot by one of the two people, who then fled the scene. The second suspect was arrested at the scene of the shooting.
Officers tracked the suspected gunman to his house in a subdivision of two-story homes in Middletown, about 15 miles south of where the trooper was shot in Newark.
The gunman has refused to leave the house and has fired multiple times at officers surrounding the home, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, a state police spokesman. No other officers were injured.
“There have been multiple gunshots that have come from the house at police officers,” Fournier said.
Hostage negotiators were on the scene and established contact with the man in an effort to get him to surrender peacefully, Fournier said.
Residents in the area were called using “reverse 911” and told to stay inside and lock their doors, and the Appoquinimink School District went on lockdown, keeping all students and staff inside school buildings. Parents were told not to go to school to pick up their kids.
One witness, Clarence Travers, told The News Journal of Wilmington that he heard gunfire while sitting at a red light and saw a police officer fall to the ground. After the initial gunfire, Travers said he saw a man get out of a car and shoot the officer on the ground multiple times before getting away.
This is absolutely horrible. Police officers are being attacks and killed for simply doing their job and trying to keep our cities safe. This was completely uncalled for and the murderer does not even deserve our tax dollars to sit in prison.
Prayers for this officer’s family.