Seaford man, 18, arrested in Laurel shooting death

Stephon R. Jackson

GEORGETOWN — The Delaware State Police have arrested an 18-year-old Seaford man on a first-degree murder charge in connection with a January shooting in Laurel.

Director of Public Information Sgt. Richard D. Bratz said that on Feb. 23, Stephon R. Jackson was initially charged with two counts of possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited as well as two new charges of receiving stolen property and resisting arrest. He was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and was subsequently committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $22,000 cash bond.

On Saturday, Mr. Jackson was released from Sussex Correctional Institute after posting bail.

After his release, additional warrants were approved for murder 1st degree and possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited. Delaware State Police troopers from Troop 5, Governor’s Task Force (GTF) and the State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) along with the Homicide Unit Detectives coordinated the location and apprehension of  Mr. Jackson. He was located in Georgetown and was taken into custody without incident.

Mr. Jackson was presented before Justice of the Peace Court 3 and was then committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $520,000 cash bond.

The initial investigation began at approximately 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, after troopers were called to assist the Laurel Police Department for the complaint of shots fired in the area of Sunset Drive, in the Wexford Village Development, Laurel. Upon their arrival troopers learned that an 18-year-old male victim had been struck in his lower torso by a bullet fired from an unknown suspect. The victim was treated at the scene by Sussex County Paramedics and transported to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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