Detectives who began investigating a homicide case back in December are asking for help with the case.
NEWARK (DE): New Castle County Patrol officers who thought they were responding to a traffic accident made a grim discovery on New Years Eve just after 11:00 pm. It was a night like any other as officers throughout the night were dispatched to various incidents, but when New Castle County Police officers responded to the scene at the intersection of Taylor Drive and Emerson Place near the community of the Village of Canterbury for a traffic accident, the mystery began.
Two lives were claimed on this fateful New Years Eve, and detectives are putting their focus on 26-year-old Jahlil Patton. Patton, was found by arriving patrol officers laying outside of a vehicle.
“Patton was found to have suffered from a gunshot wound to his upper torso.,” said police spokesman Garcia Lopez. “Lifesaving efforts were initiated; however, he was later pronounced deceased after being transported to an area hospital.”
At this time, detectives believe that the shooting occurred inside of the vehicle and Patton was able to drive to this location before succumbing to his wounds., Lopez said.
Patton was a loving, funny, and outgoing father of two who attended St. Georges Technical High School.
This wasn’t the only shooting on New Years Eve. Just before 7:00 Pm., police was summoned to Ashton Condos for a report of a shooting. Officers who arrived at the scene discovered a man in a parked car. The unidentified man was apparently suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was then transported to a local hospital for treatment of serious, life-threatening injuries.
If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a violent crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer you support and resources through (302)-395-8000.