Wilmington police investigate officer involved death

(John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

(John Jankowski/for NewsWorks)

The death of a Wilmington man following an altercation with police continues to be investigated by city and state officials.

The Wilmington Department of Police Criminal Investigations Division and the State of Delaware Department of Justice are investigating a Monday night altercation that killed Bruce Altenburger, 60, of Wilmington.

Wilmington Police arrived at a residence on the 1700 block of W 13th St. in response to reports that Altenburger was distraught and armed with a handgun.

Police say officers attempted to calm him down for several minutes using verbal commands and negotiation tactics. However the Altenburger refused to drop his weapon, according to police.

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They say he became increasingly upset, placing the gun to his head, then redirecting it toward an officer. The officer, who is only identified as a department veteran of more than 12 years, shot Altenburger in the upper torso.

Officers rendered aid before the arrival of EMS and New Castle County Paramedics. Altenburger was transported to the Christiana Hospital Emergency Room where he was pronounced deceased.

The officer currently is on administrative duty until the investigation is complete.

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