Police Officer Killed in Georgetown

    For the first time in Georgetown, the police department has lost one of its officers in the line of duty.

    For the first time in Georgetown the police department has lost one of its officers in the line of duty, and State Police have already arrested the alleged gunman.

    A 911 call for help from a Georgetown McDonald’s ended with police officer Chad Spicer losing his life.

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    The 29 year old patrolman with the Georgetown Police Department was shot and killed while trying to chase down three suspects yesterday.

    Patrolman Chad Spicer
    Patrolman Chad Spicer

    Spicer, and fellow officer Shawn Brittingham were responding to a call from the McDonald’s on 20817 DuPont Highway that there were shots fired in the parking lot.

    The officers spotted the suspects’ Chrysler Sebring and tried to stop them, but instead the pursuit turned into a foot chase.  Police say then at least one of the suspects fired shots at the officers, which killed Spicer.

    Derrick J. Powell - arrested and charged
    Derrick J. Powell - arrested and charged

    Officer Brittingham is getting treatment at Beebe Medical Center for his injuries.  Delaware State Police have arrested and charged 22 year old Derrick Powell of Cumberland, Maryland with first degree murder in Spicer’s death.
    Police say they’ve determined the second suspect taken into custody yesterday, was not directly involved in shooting and killing of Spicer.

    Christopher L. Reeves - sought by police
    Christopher L. Reeves - sought by police

    But they’re still searching a third suspect, 20 year old Christopher Reeves, the alleged driver of the car.  He’s been in trouble with the law before.  State Police arrested him in April 2008  in connection with a shooting incident in Dover’s Capitol Park.

    Governor Jack Markell has asked for all flags to fly at half-staff today, in memory of Officer Spicer.

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