OFFICERS ARREST JUVENILE SUSPECT DURING IN-PROGRESS SHOTS FIRED

(Claymont, DE 19703) Officers from the New Castle County Division of Police have arrested a 16-year-old male suspect following a gun violation that occurred in Overlook Colony. On Tuesday, September 27, 2022, officers responded to the unit block of Brandywine Avenue in Claymont in reference to a person with a gun. While on the scene, officers heard shots being fired and immediately began checking the community. Officers responded to the area of Fourth Avenue at which time they saw an unknown suspect wearing black clothing and a black ski mask running away. Officers then chased the suspect and were able to arrest him without any further incident. Upon being arrested, the suspect was found to have a handgun hidden in a fanny pack he was carrying.

Officers continued to investigate the incident and located four separate victims who lived in the community. A 16-year-old male victim and a 13-year-old male victim reported that the suspect pointed a handgun at them while they were outside on Brandywine Avenue. The victims reported that the suspect then fled from the area.

After leaving the area of Brandywine Avenue the suspect confronted a 39-year-old female victim and a 30-year-old male victim near the area of Fourth Avenue. The victims reported that the suspect then fired several gunshots toward them and ran away at which time he was arrested by responding officers.

The juvenile suspect was transported to New Castle County Police Headquarters and charged with two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two felony counts of possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, two felony counts of aggravated menacing, three felony counts of reckless endanger first degree, and one felony count of theft of a firearm. The suspect was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and held at the New Castle County Detention Center on $145,000.00 cash bail.  

Any individual with information or surveillance footage related to this investigation is asked to please contact the Criminal Investigations Unit at (302)395-8110. Information can also be submitted by calling the New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at (302)573-2800.  Additionally, tipsters may call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or visit us on Facebook (IM) at New Castle County Police Department.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime and needs assistance, the New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer you support and resources at (302)-395-8000.

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