21-Year-Old man shot and killed by Dewey Beach police officer Saturday morning identified

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Delaware State Police have identified the victim who died during a Dewey Beach Police Officer-involved shooting as Rodney K. Robinson II, 21, of Milford.

DEWEY BEACH (DE) BY DIGITAL STAFF: Delaware State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Dewey Beach that left one person dead. Police released details about the shouting at a 1:00 p.m. press conference at Troop 7 in Lewes.

State Police say the officer-involved shooting that fatally claimed the life of a 21-Year-Old Milford man, occurred near the Starboard Restaurant and Bar early Saturday morning.

State Police is investigating the shooting at the request of the Dewey Beach Police Department and is being conducted by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit and Delaware Department of Justice, Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust.

According to police, on Saturday March 19, 2022, at approximately 1:17 a.m., officers with the Dewey Beach Police Department were notified by employees of the Starboard Restaurant located at 2009 Coastal Hwy of a male patron exiting the establishment with a gun.

Officers arrived and attempted to contact the individual on the sidewalk out front of the business, but police say he fled on foot southbound on Coastal Hwy. Officers gave chase for approximately three blocks but lost sight of him. A search was conducted in the area by officers, but they were unsuccessful in locating the subject.

Police say at approximately 2:23 a.m., the Dewey Beach Police Department 9-1-1 Center received a call from an employee of Starboard advising the suspect had returned to the business and was located by staff inside a restricted employee-only area.

Two Dewey Beach Police Officers then responded and located the male who was now inside the outdoor tent area of the business. When officers attempted to contact the male, he fled from the business northbound on Coastal Hwy before running westbound on Saulsbury St and into a nearby alleyway. Police said, at that time, the pursuing officers located the male, and a single gunshot was fired by a 1.5-year veteran officer with the Dewey Beach Police Department using the departmental issued firearm.

“After the male was shot, he fled the area on foot.,” Said State Police Spokeswoman Heather Pepper. “Responding officers located the male unconscious behind a commercial building in the 2100 block of Coastal Hwy with a single gunshot wound to the upper torso.”

Pepper added, “The officers located a handgun at the scene, and immediately began performing life-saving measures and called for EMS to respond. He was transported by ambulance to Beebe Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.” Police say the victim was later identified as a 21-year-old male from Milford, DE.

The big question remains, was the suspect shot from the back or the front? “That information is currently being investigated and is part of the ongoing investigation.,” Pepper said in an email statement Sunday afternoon. There were no witnesses or video footage of the incident yesterday at the time of the release.” Pepper said, “added Interviews conducted with the officers and evidence collected will help answer those questions.”

The Division of Forensic Science will be conducting an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death., Pepper said during a 1:00 p.m. press conference Saturday.

The Dewey Beach Police Officers involved in this incident were not injured and the officer involved in the shooting is currently placed on standard administrative leave.

The Delaware State Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has video surveillance to please contact Sgt. Stephen Yeich with the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit by calling 302-741-2703. Information may also be provided by sending a Private Facebook Message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and need assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at DSP_VictimServicesMail@delaware.gov

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