(Bear, DE 19701) On Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 04:17 AM, officers from the New Castle County Division of Police were dispatched to the unit block of East Weald Avenue – Porter Square in reference to a shooting investigation. Officers arrived on the scene and took a male suspect into custody without incident and identified him as Jacob Orchard (28) of Bear.
Officers then cleared the residence and located a 50-year-old female victim who was suffering from a gunshot wound. It was advised on scene that the victim was shot by her son, Jacob Orchard. The victim was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital where she was treated and released.
Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police Criminal Investigations Unit were then contacted and assumed the investigation.
A search warrant was authorized for the Weald Avenue residence and executed by detectives at which time a handgun and methamphetamine were recovered.
Jacob Orchard (28) was charged with one felony count of assault first, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and one felony count of possession of a controlled/counterfeit substance. Jacob was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held in lieu of $121,000.00 cash bail. Jacob was committed to the Howard R Young Correctional Institution.
Any individual with information related to this investigation is asked to please contact Detective Alex Laux of the Criminal Investigations Unit at (302)395-2756 or by email at Alex.Laux@newcastlede.gov. Information can also be submitted by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at (302)573-2800.
Citizens can also submit a tip via our website at http://www.nccpd.com. Additionally, tipsters may call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Police Department.