Police charge man in connection with officer-involved shooting in Wilmington



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Isabel Hughes,


A 22-year-old man shot by Wilmington police Sunday morning is now behind bars after being charged with illegal drug and firearm possession in connection with the incident.

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abri Hunter was taken to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $80,200 cash-only bail, police said Wednesday.


He's charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; 

carrying a concealed deadly weapon; possession of a firearm by a person prohibited; and possession of a controlled substance, which police believe to be heroin.


Wilmington police shot Hunter shortly after midnight Sunday morning at 11th and Walnut streets after seeing "a suspicious vehicle that was running and parked partially on the curb," the department said.


According to court documents obtained by Delaware Online/The News Journal, officers attempted to talk to Hunter, who they said looked like he was unconscious behind the wheel of the car. He was the only one in the vehicle at the time.

Officers tried to wake Hunter up by "loudly issuing verbal commands" and "making loud noises against the window," court documents say.


When he ultimately woke up, court documents said his "actions" caused an officer to shoot him. The court documents do not elaborate on what those actions were.


Police have not said where on Hunter's body he was shot.

Police removed Hunter from the vehicle to perform first aid, which is when they found a silver gun on him. They also found 20 bags of what they believe to be heroin in a discarded shoe and 18 more matching bags on the street near the open driver's side door of the car.


At Christiana Hospital, police found 26 additional bags of suspected heroin in Hunter's other shoe, court documents say. He was treated at the hospital before being released to Delaware Department of Correction custody.


The officer was not injured, and the department's Criminal Investigations Division and the Office of Professional Standards are investigating internally. The Delaware Department of Justice is also investigating.

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