Police: Dover man used rake to fatally hit family member

DOVER — A 47-year-old Dover man has been charged with manslaughter after fatally striking a family member in the head with a rake during an argument on Aug. 20, Dover Police said.

The victim, Gerard Landry, 39, died in the hospital five days after suffering a severe laceration, authorities said,

Keith A. Landry was taken into custody without incident last Thursday in the Hartly area, Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

An autopsy ruled that Gerard Landry’s death was a homicide with the injury caused by another person.

The sequence began when officers were called to the unit block of Ann Avenue for a reported altercation and possible medical emergency at approximately 7:47 p.m. police said. Gerard Landry was found laying on the ground outside the residence.

Multiple witnesses were contacted, including Keith Landry, and police said. Bystanders told police that Gerard Landry was injured “after falling onto concrete and hitting his head while he was intoxicated,” according to the affidavit.

Once at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital in Dover, police said, Gerard Landry was unable to communicate before dying.

An autopsy on Aug. 27 determined that Gerard Landry’s wound wasn’t caused by falling and hitting his head on concrete, police said. Investigation continued before an arrest was made.

Keith Landry was also charged with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony. He was held at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown in lieu of $50,000 secured bail. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Sept. 20.

Dover Police and the U.S. Marshals First State Fugitive Task Force made the apprehension. Authorities did not disclose the family relationship between the Landrys.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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