Suspect arrested in fatal shooting at Dover motel

DOVER — After being read his Miranda rights, according to police, a 21-year-old Dover man allegedly admitted to fatally shooting a sleeping woman in a motel room late Thursday morning, a detective wrote in a probable-cause affidavit.

Darren C. Weiford, of the first block of Quail Hollow, had rented a room at the First State Inn, where Amber Buckler, 20, was found dead at approximately 11:28 a.m., Dover Police said.

Police said the defendant and deceased were in a relationship. Ms. Buckler’s Facebook page indicated she had gotten engaged on Wednesday.

According to police in the affidavit, Mr. Weiford allegedly told arriving officers “to arrest him at which time he was detained and he then pointed to his rented room …

“Inside the room (Ms. Buckler) was found deceased …”

Investigation determined that Ms. Buckler died from a single gunshout wound to the head and Mr. Weiford’s Ruger 9mm handgun was allegedly lying on the bed, police said in papers.

Authorities were called to the scene at 1760 N. DuPont Highway after a 911 call “disconnect where the caller stated police were needed.”

Mr. Weiford was arrested without incident, police said. He was positively identified by his Delaware driver’s license.

Charges include first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Mr. Weiford was arraigned through Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and sent to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna in default of $1,180,000 cash bond.

Police provided little information beyond a news release.

“We will not be releasing any further details regarding a motive/cause in order to preserve the integrity of the case,” spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

A preliminary court hearing was scheduled for June 16 at 8:30 a.m.

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