New Castle County Police say undercover police officers shot and killed a Newark man on Thursday after he tried twice to run them over with his car.
It happened at the Harbor Club Apartment complex on Cheswold Boulevard in Newark. New Castle County police spokesman, Corporal John Weglarz, says detectives had asked 32-year-old Erik Turnbull of Newark to pull over his car as part of a routine stop involving the investigation.
Police say he refused, instead driving into one of the police cars on the scene. After that crash he continued his attempt to get away. He drove towards the second police car, and the officers who were trying to stop him.
Cpl. Weglarz says at that moment both officers fired their weapons hitting Turnbull in the upper chest. When paramedics arrived on the scene he was taken to Christiana Hospital where he died. Turnbull’s body has been turned over to the medical examiner for an autopsy.
The officers involved are a 6 and 13 year veteran of the New Castle County Police Dept. Cpt. Weglarz says they are both on administrative desk duty as is the procedure in any shooting involving a police officer.
Police are still asking if anyone who might have information on this case to contact New Castle County Police at 302-395-8110