Officers shoot man in Wilmington after he rammed a patrol car, police say


Nick Perez

A 51-year-old man was shot by Wilmington police Thursday night after he crashed into a patrol car and then drove up onto a sidewalk attempting to flee from officers, police said.

Police said they responded to a domestic dispute at 6:20 p.m in the 3200 block of West Second Street, where they found the man in a vehicle. Officers repeatedly told the man to stop the car, but he fled, ramming a marked police vehicle and hitting a second vehicle, police said.

Police said the man then drove onto the sidewalk where two officers were standing. Both officers fired at the suspect, hitting him once, according to police.

After being hit, the man continued driving, fleeing the area, police said.

Officers found the man a short time later in the 900 block of North Pine Street and took him into custody. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and was listed in stable condition, according to police.

Pine Street was closed for several hours Thursday evening as police investigated, and a silver sedan could be seen parked in the middle of the street with its parking lights on.

This is the second time this year police in Delaware have shot someone. On Jan. 5, Milford Police fatally shot 27-year-old Brandon Roberts, who family members said was having a mental breakdown. Police said he brandished a knife at officers.

Thursday's incident comes days after the Delaware Department of Justice dropped a carjacking case against 19-year-old Yahim Harris, who was shot by Wilmington Police last year.

Prosecutors dropped the case after a tipster told them about false statements made by the officer who shot Harris. Soon after, Department of Justice attorneys became convinced that Cpl. James MacColl had “such a clear lack of credibility” that they could not use him as a witness in the carjacking, according to court documents filed Tuesday.

The Justice Department, which had previously said MacColl was justified for the shooting, said it has reopened an investigation into MacColl’s conduct and will then weigh whether criminal charges will be filed.

Police said no officers were injured in Thursday night's shooting.

The incident is still under investigation, and no further information has been released.

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