Second victim from Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery shooting dies; police ID shooter


Ira Porter

An 86-year-old Elkton man who was shot along with his wife Friday in a cemetery in Bear died from his injuries Saturday night.

Delaware State Police have ruled his death a homicide.

The couple was shot Friday around 10:15 a.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at 2465 Chesapeake City Rd. in Bear. Police said Sheldon Francis, 29, of Middletown, was the shooter, and that he exchanged gunfire with officers after fleeing into nearby woods.

The woman, who police did not identify, was pronounced dead on the scene. Her husband was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Delaware State Police said Francis fled into the woods near Brennan Boulevard, near the Brennan Estates Development. Neighbors hid in their homes during the standoff with police, which lasted for almost six hours

It ended at 4 p.m. when officers found Francis dead from a single gunshot wound. They said they do not know if it was a result of the exchange with officers or self-inflicted.

This information comes as the first update from state police since the shooting incident was deemed over late Friday night and troopers briefed the media on what had occured. 

The state Division of Forensic Science is now responsible for performing autopsies on all those killed to determine the cause and manner of their deaths.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective M. Ryde with the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit at (302) 698-8557.

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