Wilmington man arrested for shooting at undercover police officer

Police have arrested the third suspect wanted for shooting at an undercover police officer last week.

After an investigation, the Wilmington Police Department identified Edward Jackson, 21, as the third occupant of a vehicle that reportedly fired on an undercover police officer last week.

Jackson, a resident of Wilmington, was sought in connection with the July 7 incident, when an undercover officer operating an unmarked vehicle observed a silver Buick traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of W. 35th and N. Market streets in Wilmington

As the officer followed the vehicle through the streets of Wilmington’s north side, police said an occupant of the Buick fired at the officer’s vehicle multiple times, striking the passenger side window.

The Buick then crashed into a parked car in the 2800 block of N. West Street. Three occupants fled from the vehicle. After a brief foot pursuit, Sirair Bailey and Troy Faison were taken into custody.

At the time, Jackson eluded his pursuers.

On Monday afternoon, officers conducting a surveillance observation observed Jackson exit a residence in the 800 block of Vandever Avenue and participate in a drug sale. Jackson was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Officers obtained a search warrant for the residence and, once inside, located 624 bags of heroin, a .357 revolver, $2,907 in suspected drug money and a digital scale. Officers also took Jajuan Brown, who resides at this address, into custody.

Both Jackson and Brown were committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution.

Jackson faces firearms, conspiracy and drug charges. His bail was set at $224,000. Brown was arraigned on several drug charges and has a $64,000 cash bail.

Anyone with information about the original incident is asked to call Detective Joe Bucksner at 302-576-3629, or submit an anonymous tip via text message by texting the words “TIP WILMINGTON” along with the tip to 888777.

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