Wilmington Police chase, reportedly involving gun incident, ends in NJ with no arrests

Esteban Parra - Delaware Online Crime

A police chase that started in Wilmington and reportedly involved gunfire ended across the Delaware River Wednesday night with no arrests.

Police in Pennsville, New Jersey confirmed they recovered a car that had been stolen in Delaware Wednesday night after they assisted Wilmington Police.

"All I know is that it was a stolen vehicle from Wilmington P.D. and that we recovered it over here," Pennsville Police Lt. Stephen Pagnotto told Delaware Online/The News Journal. 

Pagnotto referred all other questions to Wilmington Police. 

The discovery of the car, near Central Park Elementary School, prompted Salem County, New Jersey, officials to issue a warning to nearby residents to remain behind locked doors.

The car was found about 6:30 p.m., but none of the vehicle's occupants were found.

The chase began in the 400 block of N. Madison St., after an officer tried to stop the vehicle, which they said was involved in a shots-fired incident shortly after 6 p.m.

"A pursuit resulted when the vehicle failed to stop," said David Karas, a Wilmington Police spokesman. 

He added that officers were not targeted and there was not a "police-involved shooting."

Wilmington Police acknowledged the car chase only after Delaware Online/The News Journal had independently confirmed the incident. Prior to that, the department issued a press release informing the public that a 36-year-old woman had been charged in connection with gun violations on Jan. 10. 

Since 2018, Wilmington Police have reduced the amount of information they release to the public. 

The information they release is often sparse, and at times has been withheld from the public for days or weeks.

Wilmington going from 'Murder Town' to 'Mystery Town'

Contact Esteban Parra at (302) 324-2299, eparra@delawareonline.com or Twitter @eparra3.

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