Paraplegic man fatally shot by state troopers indentified

HARBESON — A 50-year-old paraplegic man shot to death by police during a search warrant execution Tuesday morning was identified publicly as the investigation continued.

Robert Knox, 50, of Harbeson, died from injuries after two Delaware State Police troopers discharged their firearm during a struggle for a handgun at a residence in the 22000 block of Harbeson Road, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Mr. Know was pronounced dead at the Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, police said Wednesday in an updated news release.

Mr. Knox and two other people were in the home when a drug-related search warrant was executed at approximately 6:07 a.m.

According to police, Mr. Knox was lying in bed and obtained “a handgun that was in arms reach” as a struggle and shooting ensued.

One trooper suffered minor injuries, according to Cpl. Jaffe.

The troopers discharged divisionally issued handguns, police said.

They worked for the DSP for eight and seven years and were place on administrative leave based on Divisional Policy, authorities said.

A loaded handgun, drugs and other weapons were found at the scene, police said.

The DSP Homicide Unit is investigating the incident and more information would be provided when available, authorities said.


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