4 youths arrested after BB guns are fired at police

DOVER — A 13-year-old male allegedly pulled out a BB gun and fired several shots that struck police vehicles Saturday at the Dover Mall, authorities said.

Two other BB guns were found and four arrests (suspects ages 12 to 14, all Dover residents) resulted. Police were called to the scene at approximately 4:23 p.m. after mall security reported disorderly youths failing to leave the premises at 1365 N. DuPont Highway, spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

According to police, Jaziah Wilson discharged the BB gun multiple times at the law enforcement vehicles, which suffered minor damage. The four suspects were all riding bicycles at the time, police said.
The Wilson youth, Brandon Carter, 13, Tyshaun Mosley, l4, and Ty’Are Sampson, 12, all fled before being quickly apprehended, police said.

Delaware State University Police officers also responded to the scene to assist.

In a statement released following the incident, acting Dover PD chief Maj. Tim Stump described the responding officers actions as “remarkable” and emphasized that no injuries occurred in a potentially fatal situation.
“I first want to commend these officers for the restraint that they showed during what quickly became a ‘High Risk’ situation,” Maj. Stump said.

“Our officers were faced with tough, split second decision and I can’t tell you how proud I am of them and all that responded to assist in the apprehension including the rest of the shift who responded and DSU officers who responded to provide assistance.

“It’s times like these that shed light on the great importance of having a well trained department. What could have been a tragic ending turned out perfectly and I’m thankful for that. I am sure the officers are as well …”

The Wilson youth was charged with two counts each of aggravated menacing and second-degree reckless endangering, along with criminal mischief, resisting arrest and second-degree conspiracy.

The Carter, Mosley and Sampson youths were all charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and second-degree conspiracy.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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