Lewes man shot 38-year-old man multiple times after unsuccessfully trying to run him over.


Brandon Holveck,

Delaware State Police arrested a 28-year-old man on Saturday for attempted murder of a man who confronted him multiple times in Lewes about his apparently reckless driving.

Police charged Kevin T. Brownlee of Lewes with first-degree attempted murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, first-degree reckless endangering and criminal mischief with $5,000 or more in property damage. Brownlee was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $168,000 cash bond.

The series of events started in the early evening when the eventual victim, a 38-year-old man, saw a small dark-colored SUV with a kayak on the roof driving on Camp Arrow Head Road recklessly, police said. The man followed the SUV, driven by Brownlee, until he was able to get it stopped as it made a left turn onto Sand Bay Drive, police said.

Police said the man confronted Brownlee about his driving and Brownlee responded by attempting to punch him from inside the SUV. The 38-year-old man's arm got stuck inside the SUV for a short time after he reached in to block the punch, and Brownlee started to drive off with his arm inside, police said.

The 38-year-old man fell to the ground after removing his arm, police said. Brownlee then put his car in reverse and attempted to run him over unsuccessfully, according to police. 

Police said the man returned to his car to look for Brownlee and found him at his home in the 33000 block of Sand Bay Drive around 6:20 p.m. Police said they "engaged in a physical altercation," before Brownlee went inside his home and returned with a handgun.

Brownlee started firing shots at the 38-year-old man, who had returned to his car, according to police. Hit by a bullet, the man exited the car as Brownlee continued to fire at him and got away on foot, police said.

The 38-year-old man was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his upper extremity and a graze to his head, police said.

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