Paraplegic man fatally shot in struggle with troopers over gun

HARBESON — A 50-year-old paraplegic man was shot to death following a struggle for a weapon with two Delaware State Police troopers Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The incident took place during a search warrant execution at approximately 6:07 a.m. in the 22000 block of Harbeson Road, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Investigation continued later in the day. Cpl. Jaffe said more details would be released when available.

Cpl. Jaffe said troopers entered the home and contacted a paraplegic man lying in bed.

“While troopers were in the residence, the suspect proceeded to obtain a handgun that was in arm’s reach,” Cpl. Jaffe said in a news release. “A struggle over the weapon ensued which led to two troopers discharging their divisionally issued handgun.”

The wounded man was taken to an undisclosed local area hospital, where he died from injuries, police said. His identity was not immediately released publicly pending next of kin notification.

A trooper suffered a minor injury during the incident, police said.

Cpl. Jaffe said the two troopers involved had been employed by the State Police for eight and seven years. They were placed on administrative leave based on Divisional Policy.

Detectives found a loaded handgun, drugs and other weapons at the scene, police said.

The nature of the warrant was not disclosed in the news release. No information was available on how many people were in the residence at the time police entered.


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