Police pursuing shooting suspect turns and opens fire on two officers chasing him

A Man is wanted and frantically being searched for after police say he turned on them and open fire from a hand gun as they were chasing him Saturday morning.

NEWARK (DE): It all began Saturday morning when New Castle County Police say officers were dispatched to the area of North Thistle Way, in the community of Glasgow Pines for a report of gunshots being heard in the area.

Patrol officers arrived at the scene and began searching for any evidence of a shooting incident. Officers cleared the area when they could not locate any evidence. Police say later that afternoon they were brought back to the area after a home owner located evidence.

“When the officers arrived, they attempted to contact a male subject identified as a potential suspect.  When the officers approached him a foot pursuit ensued.,” said police spokesman Michel Eckerd. “As they chased the subject, the subject turned and fired a handgun at the officers.”

The officers subsequently lost sight of the subject and a massive search began.

Photo | 22-year-old, Khairon William Edwards is wanted for the attempted murder of two NCCPD officers.

Investigators arrived on the scene and were able to identify the suspect as 22-year-old, Khairon William Edwards, and during the overnight hours arrest warrants were signed including the charges of one count Felony Attempted Murder 1st degree, one count of Felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and one count of Felony Reckless Endangering 1st degree.”

Authorities say Sunday morning they the SWAT team arrived at Edwards home in an attempt to locate him but he was not there.

 

New Castle County Police Chief Colonel Vaughn M. Bond, Jr. reflected on the incident that took place and had a few words to the suspect himself.

“Today the members of the New Castle County Division of Police are blessed that we are not planning the funerals for two officers that were shot at last night while providing police services in Glasgow Pines.” stated Colonel Vaughn M. Bond, Jr. “The apprehension of this dangerous suspect is the number one priority for our agency, and we will aggressively pursue every lead until he is in custody.  To the suspect I strongly encourage you to immediately turn yourself in. If any of our community members have information on the suspect’s whereabouts, we ask that you notify the New Castle County Police.”

PHOTO | NCCPD Chief Colonel Vaughn M. Bond, Jr.

“Hours prior to the attempted murder of our officers, members from our department spent several hours in the community of Edgemoor Gardens assisting with their annual Cleanup Day. Later in the afternoon, we spent several hours in the community of Sparrow Run providing book bags and lunches to over 200 children from the community. I can assure you that the cowardly acts of this suspect will not distract us from initiating or participating in events such as these to better the communities we serve.”

It’s an extremely difficult time for police officers as they try to work with and fit into the communities they serve to improve their relations., but violence against them seems to be escalating and is raising fears among civilians. Violence against law enforcement officers have escalated since the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis, MN.

In 2016, 268 officers were assaulted with hands, feet or fists, 14 with firearms, 8 with knives, and 60 by “other” means. Most often, officers were assaulted when responding to disturbance calls. Officers were injured in 52 percent of cases.

Khairon Edwards is a black male, 5’06″ and approximately 145 lbs.  He is considered to be armed and dangerous.  If located, members of the community are advised to avoid contact with him and call 911.

[su_box title=”HELP THE DETECTIVES”]Also, if you have any information pertaining to this investigation, please contact Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Police. A reward of up to $1,000.00 is available to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of those responsible for violent crimes being investigated by this agency.[/su_box]

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