(New Castle, DE 19720) The New Castle County Division of Police is currently investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on Wilton Boulevard near the intersection with Edinburgh Drive in which a pedestrian was struck and killed. The incident occurred on September 26, 2023, between the hours of 9:30 pm and 10:00 pm. Investigators from the Division’s Traffic Services Unit are asking anyone who may have been in the area during that time and/or witnessed the collision or who may have video surveillance of Wilton Boulevard to contact police as soon as possible. Please address any information to Detective Maura Schultz at (302) 395-8048 or via email at Maura.Schultz@NewCastleDe.gov.
In addition, tips can be forwarded to:
- New Castle County Division of Police non-emergency number at (302) 573-2800
- Criminal Investigations Unit at (302) 395-8110
- Facebook (IM) “New Castle County Police”
- Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333
- Submit a tip online at http://www.delawarecrimestoppers.com
Tips can be submitted anonymously.
If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a violent crime or have lost a loved one to sudden death and need assistance, the New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer you support and resources through (302) 395-8000.
(Wilmington, De 19804) On March 6, 2023, members of the New Castle County Division of Police were investigating a drug complaint in the area of Maryland Avenue and East Reamer Avenue. During the course of that investigation, members of the Division’s Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) arranged to meet a male, later identified as Andrew Edelmann, to conduct a drug transaction. While attempting to apprehend the individual involved, a member of the New Castle County Division of Police discharged their firearm, striking Mr. Edelmann; he died from those injuries. The second occupant of the vehicle, a female, was also struck and suffered a non-life-threatening injury.
Since 2015, members of the Division have been equipped with body-worn cameras to be worn while on patrol within New Castle County. The officers involved in the incident on March 6, 2023, were wearing body-worn cameras. They were activated and captured the encounter between Mr. Edelmann and the members of the Division.
The New Castle County Division of Police is governed by public-facing regulations referred to as “Directives.” According to the Critical Incident Community Briefing Policy (Directive 46, Appendix 46H), the family of the individual involved in the critical incident, in this case, Mr. Edelmann’s family, has an opportunity to view and opine on the release of any video associated with the encounter between their next-of-kin and the members of the Division. After meeting with Mr. Edelmann’s family representatives, the Division has chosen not to release any body-worn camera footage from March 6, 2023. The Division remains committed to transparency and promptly providing the public with information; however, we must balance that commitment with the wishes of the individual’s family. Notwithstanding this decision, protocol dictates that all body-worn camera footage be released by the Department of Justice – Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust at the conclusion of their investigation.
Media inquiries can be directed to Lt. James Leonard at 302-383-5417.
Wilmington (19803) On September 16, 2022, at approximately 9:35 pm, members of the New Castle County Division of Police were called to assist the Delaware State Police with a large fight occurring at Brandywine High School. Due to the size of the crowd, numerous officers from the agency responded and assisted in detaining four (4) juvenile females. These four (4) females were turned over to the Delaware State Police where criminal charges were filed against each of them.
Today, October 4, 2022, the New Castle County Police is releasing a video that addresses this incident.
The video, for which the link is listed below, is comprised of the following information
- A synopsis of the incident
- Recordings of three (3) 911 calls to the New Castle County Emergency Communications Center
- Recording of New Castle County Police radio transmissions
- Body camera footage of the incident from the perspective of four (4) different officers (including slow motion video)
Link to video: https://youtu.be/DGSQ8tr1iew
As you will see mentioned in the video, this investigation remains active with our agency. Anyone wishing to share information about the incident is asked to contact the New Castle County Division of Police Non-Emergency Line at 302-573-2800 or the Office of Professional Standards at 302-395-8008.
Media inquiries should be directed to Lt. James Leonard at email@example.com or via phone at (302)383-5417.