Man shoots at homeowners during Middletown burglary police say

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The detectives’ investigation revealed that these two incidents were committed by the same suspect, however, were otherwise unrelated., Police said.

DELAWARE CITY (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: A 35-Year-Old man is facing several charges including attempted murder following a Delaware City boat ramp incident that led to a burglary and shooting at a Dickerson Farm home., police said in a news release.

However, police caution that these two incidents were committed by the same person but were not related. “Due to to the nature of the offenses and complexities of this investigation, the release of this information was delayed.,” Said police Spokesman Michel Eckerd. “Once it has been determined that there is no threat to public safety, from time to time this step is taken to protect the integrity of the investigation.”

Police say the incident began to unfold on Monday October 11, 2021, at the Delaware City Boat Ramp where a 23-year-old male and a 53-year-old male were removing their boat from the water at the boat ramp however the ramp was blocked by a maroon minivan.  Police say as one of the victims was attempting to back the trailer down the ramp, he asked the occupant of the minivan to move it out of the way so he could load the boat.  The subject moved the minivan, then returns to the boat ramp and began shooting.

The victims then fled the scene leaving the boat and when they returned with the officers, they found multiple bullet holes in the boat’s hull., police said.

According to police, less than an hour later, additional patrol officers were dispatched to the 600 block of Schooner Lane in the community of Dickerson Farm, Middletown,  for the report of a burglary in progress.  

According to the news release, as the officers were driving to this location, multiple additional calls to 911 were made stating that this incident was now a shooting and the suspect was still at the scene.

When the officers arrived, they saw a maroon minivan parked in the driveway start up, which is consistent with the information they were receiving from dispatch while they were enroute. The officers were then able to take the white male driver into custody., police said.

As they were taking the suspect into custody, they found that the driver, a 35-year-old male named Brandon Christian, to be possession of a firearm., police said.

The officers then learned that Christian forced entry into the home through a locked door and then confronted the two homeowners. An argument ensued and he then fired multiple gunshots at the homeowners. Police say that one of the bullets struck the female in the hand and the suspect then chased the victims to the second floor.  That’s when Christian attempted to flee the residence as he heard homeowners on the phone with 911.

Photo Submitted | Brandon Christian

On the way out of the residence, the suspect picked up the victims’ dog and while he was carrying the dog he critically assaulted it and placed it inside of the minivan.

As he was starting the minivan to leave,  he was apprehended by the officers., police said.

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit arrived at the scene and assumed the investigation.

The detectives’ investigation revealed that these two incidents were committed by the same suspect, however, were otherwise unrelated.

Christian was transported to police headquarters and charged with two counts of felony Attempted Murder 1st Degree,  one count of felony Burglary 1st Degree, two counts of felony Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, two counts of Reckless Endangering 1st Degree, one count of felony Aggravated Menacing, one count of felony Cruelty to Animals, and one count of misdemeanor Criminal Mischief.

He was arraigned by the New Castle County Court of Common Pleas and held in lieu of $402,000 cash-only bail.

If you have any information regarding either one of these investigations, please contact Det Christopher at (302)395-8110 or Eric.Christopher@newcastlede.gov or call the New Castle County Police non-emergency number at 302-573-2800. You can also submit a tip via our website at http://www.nccpd.com. Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Division of Police.

Additional charges stemming from the boat ramp incident are forthcoming.

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