Third man shot by a Delaware police officer in a month

Wilmington Police shot a man near 29th and Van Buren Streets Friday morning. He is the third person shot by a Wilmington or New Castle County Police officer in the last month.

Police say the incident began when they responded to a theft in progress. When police arrived they found 2 men inside a car on a lot. Sgt. Adam Ringle of the Wilmington Police Dept. says the men started to drive the car towards police. He adds the officer felt threatened and fired several at the driver’s side of the car. The car continued to hit the police car and speed away. It was found along with a 17 year old male several blocks away. He was taken to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other person involved in the incident has not been taken into custody.

As is the case with all shootings involving police the officer involved has been placed on administrative duty until an investigation is completed.

In the other police shooting cases one involved a stop during an undercover drug operation in Newark. Erik Turnbull was shot after police say he drove his car towards them in an attempt to flee the scene.

On April 28th, Wilmington Police were investigating a man inside an empty building in the 100 block of 9th Street. Police say they chased the man and shot him after the officer involved in the chase felt his life was being threatened.

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