Blades teen sought after failing to stop vehicle; officer shoots tire

BLADES — A Juvenile Probation and Parole officer fired once and hit the tire of a vehicle moving toward him Tuesday night, and felony charges now are pending against the alleged 15-year-old driver, authorities said.

There were no injuries during the shooting sequence, the Delaware State Police said in a news release Wednesday morning.

Terry R. McIntire Jr.

Terry R. McIntire Jr.

Authorities said a search for driver Terry R. McIntire Jr., of Seaford, was ongoing and asked anyone information to contact Detective J. King at 741-2821. Tips called into Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333, at or by texting an anonymous tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said Homicide Unit detectives were investigating, with warrants for two counts of felony first-degree reckless endangering pending.

According to Cpl. Fournier, the incident unfolded at about 9:48 p.m. during a vehicle stop involving McIntire, who allegedly was seen driving after Probation and Parole officers had completed a curfew check at his residence in the 23000 block of Old Meadow Road.

Officers allegedly saw McIntire driving a gray minivan in the Seaford city limits, and followed the vehicle until it pulled into a private residence driveway on Second Street in Blades.

While state police said officers contacted Seaford Police Department Communications Center to assist stopping the Dodge Journey apparently driven by McIntire, at no time were any local police department officers present.

As Probation and Parole officers approached the stopped vehicle, Cpl. Fournier said, McIntire allegedly drove toward an officer in an attempt to escape, prompting the discharge of his division-issued handgun.

The Dodge quickly was located with a flat tire on Fourth Street, police said. Authorities said McIntire and two unidentified passengers fled.

Just before the shot was fired, a male juvenile passenger was taken into custody when he left the vehicle and moved into the residence’s yard, police said.

Delaware Department for Children, Youth and their Families Public Relations Officer Joseph Smack said Probation and Parole officers discharging firearms is rare and the last incident happened approximately four years ago when an officer in Wilmington shot a free-roaming dog that appeared to be vicious.

Officials did not disclose the name of the officer involved, but said he remained on normal job status. He has been with the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services for five years.

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