Bridgeville man arrested in domestic-related assault investigation

BRIDGEVILLE – Delaware State Police report the arrest of a Bridgeville man in connection with a domestic-related assault involving a weapon.

On April 19, troopers were dispatched to a farm field in the area of Craft Road in Bridgeville for a report of a domestic. 

Troopers were informed by a female victim that her boyfriend, 38-year-old Kenneth D. McDowell drove her to the area and pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said. 

Kenneth D. McDowell

Troopers located McDowell on the property at this time along with his 2009 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

During a subsequent interview, the victim later indicated that McDowell had physically assaulted her, pulled out a handgun and fired the gun off next to her, according to Cpl. Jaffe.

On May 25, Troopers executed a search warrant at a shed where the victim said McDowell had fired the gun.  Troopers recovered a .380 caliber shell casing from the scene. A Ruger LCP .380 caliber handgun was also later recovered from McDowell, Cpl. Jaffe said.

On June 7, with the assistance of the Attorney General’s Office, state police obtained an arrest warrant for McDowell charging him with the following:

  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony;
  • Aggravated Menacing;
  • Assault Third Degree;
  • Terroristic Threatening

On June 10, McDowell was taken into custody in the Dover area without incident.  He was taken to Troop 4 and arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court.

McDowell was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $32,000 secured bond, Cpl. Jaffe said.

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