“Arriving officers were met by a 57-year-old white male who was brandishing a firearm. ,” said police spokesman Garcia Lopez.
WILMINGTON (DE): An officer with the New Castle County Police Department is under investigation after discharging his weapon at a resident during a domestic disturbance investigation Sunday night.
Police say the incident happened in the unit block of North Avon Drive in the community of Ashbourne Hills.
Officers were dispatched to the residence for a domestic disturbance around 6:20 p.m.
“Arriving officers were met by a 57-year-old white male who was brandishing a firearm. ,” said police spokesman Garcia Lopez. “The officers backed away from the residence and established a perimeter. As the incident unfolded, the suspect reengaged the officers on the perimeter while armed with firearms.”
Lopez said, during the course of the interaction with the suspect, “The suspect disregarded multiple commands to disarm himself and surrender to the officers. As a result, an officer discharged their weapon striking the suspect.”
Police say the suspect received medical attention from New Castle County Paramedics on scene and was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in critical but stable condition.
The shooting is being investigated by detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police, Criminal Investigation Unit, members of the Professional Standards Unit, and the Delaware Department of Justice, Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust.
The officer who fired the shot has not been identified and Lopez said, “The involved officer is a 3-year veteran and has been placed on administrative leave per New Castle County Division of Police policy.”