Shooting victim found dead at Towne Point school

DOVER — A person of interest has been identified in the shooting death of a 39-year-old man at Towne Point Elementary School in Dover on Tuesday night, city police said.

Arriving officers found a deceased Derrick Combs lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds, Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said Wednesday morning. Mr. Combs’ next of kin was notified.

Students and teachers were not on the premises at 629 Buckson Drive when the shooting was reported at 9:58 p.m., according to authorities.

The school remained closed on Wednesday.

While police said they “had” a person of interest who was identified, no details on whether he or she was in custody could be disclosed “to preserve the integrity of the investigation,” Cpl. Hoffman said.

Further details would be released when available, police said.

Officials did not believe a further safety threat connected to the incident existed.

In a message posted to the Capital School District website, Superintendent Dr. Dan Shelton described the matter as a “domestic incident” in which no staff or students were ever at danger or risk. A telephone message was also sent, and announced that Towne Point ES was closed Wednesday “in the spirit of upmost caution.”

An extra police presence will be on the grounds when the school re-opens today.

According to Dr. Shelton, “Dover Police Department works very closely with the Capital School District in incidents involving our schools. We have no reason to believe that there is currently any potential threat against any of our students or staff.

“This is an ongoing investigation by the Dover Police Department.”

The superintendent concluded the message with, “As you know, the Capital School District takes student and staff safety very seriously and are saddened by the unfortunate events that may take place in our neighborhoods.

“We also strive to keep our families informed of events in and around our schools. We anticipate, when Towne Point re-opens tomorrow, an additional Dover Police presence.”

Police ask anyone with information to call 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous.

Tips can also be submitted to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at www.tipsubmit.com.

 

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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