Isabel Hughes Via Delaware News Journal
A 29-year-old Newark man previously convicted of rape and gun charges used a stolen firearm to fatally shoot a 28-year-old in Wilmington Thursday afternoon, police said.
Wilmington police charged Dashan Perrigan with first degree murder in the killing of Michael Reams. Police say Perrigan shot Reams in the 300 block of E. 23rd St. at about 1:20 p.m. Thursday.
According to court documents, an officer was patrolling East 25th and North Jessup streets when he heard "numerous gunshots" nearby. He ran toward the area the shots came from, and spotted Perrigan running from the area, gun in his hand.
Witnesses told the officer Perrigan was the shooter.
The officer chased Perrigan in his patrol car, court documents say. When Perrigan realized he was being followed, he threw the gun — a stainless steel and black 9mm Smith & Wesson — in the air.
The officer jumped out of his car and shouted for Perrigan to stop, according to the court documents. Police were able to arrest him and find the gun.
Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy said the arrest was a "prime example" of "officers conducting proactive patrols in their assigned areas, and remaining vigilant.”
“Thanks to the diligence of this officer, and his quick reaction to an incredibly dangerous and volatile situation, we were able to arrest and charge a man in connection with a murder, and recover the stolen firearm that was used," Tracy said.
In addition to murder, Perrigan was arrested on several firearms charges and resisting arrest. He was arraigned Thursday night and taken to to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on more than a million dollars cash bail.