Georgia man arrested from hospital bed following I-95 incident with troopers

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Police: At approximately 2:00 p.m. a gunshot was heard coming from the GMC Terrain.

NEW CASTLE (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF (Updated 10/29/21): Delaware State Police have arrested Christopher S. Burnett, 34 of Statesboro, Georgia in relation to Wednesday afternoon pursuit that ended on the Route 141 interchange.

Burnett was charged with Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Receiving Stolen Property Over $1500 (the GMC Terrain), Criminal Mischief Over $5000 (ramming the patrol vehicle), Resisting Arrest with Force, and Reckless Endangering 2nd.

He was arraigned bedside at Christiana Medical Center by a Judge from JP11 and is in the custody of the Delaware Department of Correction on $58,000.00 cash bond. No mugshot is currently available for Burnett.

NEW CASTLE (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF (Original 10/28/21): No Police didn’t shoot this motorist after the suspect they were pursuing stopped on I-95 in a stolen vehicle and shot himself, not once, but twice.

The incident began to unfold on I-95 in the northbound lanes around 1:30 p.m. after OnStar® called 9-1-1 to report the stolen motor vehicle they were tracking. Police say OnStar® told 9-1-1 operators that the vehicle was entering Delaware on Interstate 95 from Maryland and was a white 2018 GMC Terrain.

After receiving information from OnStar®, dispatchers were able to confirm that the small SUV was in fact stolen from Vidalia, Georgia and around 1:40 p.m. troopers stationed out of Troop 6 located the GMC driving northbound on I95 in the area of SR896 and began following at a safe distance due to the operator possibly carrying a weapon, police said. 

As OnStar® was beginning the process of remotely slowing the vehicle down, the vehicle began to slow and come to a stop in the area of SR 7, troopers observed the driver, and sole occupant, holding a gun, police said.

The driver was able to continue to drive northbound on I95 at approximately 5 mph and turned onto the Airport Road interchange where a trooper positioned a patrol vehicle across the northbound lanes of travel, south of SR141, in an attempt to block the SUV from continuing any further and maintain the safety of the general public. The SUV then collided with the unoccupied police cruiser at approximately 5 mph and came to a stop.

According to Master Corporal Gary Fournier, a Delaware State Police spokesman, “Troopers then began communicating with the driver who could be seen holding a handgun. At approximately 2:00 p.m. a gunshot was heard coming from the GMC Terrain.”

Fournier added, “Troopers continued to communicate with the operator and heard another gunshot inside the vehicle. Within ten minutes of the second gunshot, the driver crawled out the passenger’s side window, unarmed, and was taken into custody. A search of the vehicle revealed a 9mm pistol and two spent shell casings.”

Police say the 34-year-old Statesboro, Georgia man was transported by New Castle County EMS to Christiana Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition with a single gunshot wound to his chest.

said At this time, he has not been charged with a crime so his name will not be released, police said.

Airport Road was closed for approximately four hours while detectives conducted their investigation and cleared the scene.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective H. Carroll with Delaware State Police Troop 2 Criminal Investigative Unit by calling 302-365-8467. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

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