Drugs found during Dagsboro domestic call

Christopher L. Sturgis

DAGSBORO — A 33-year-old Laurel man was arrested after a domestic related shooting led to the discovery of drugs Monday, Delaware State Police.

According to authorities, the incident occurred at approximately 2:21 p.m. when troopers were dispatched to a residence in the 30000 block of Iron Branch Road for a report of a domestic related shooting. Upon arrival, police said, troopers learned that an argument ensued between two brothers and their mother’s boyfriend, Christopher L. Sturgis.

Police said Mr. Sturgis allegedly pulled out a gun and shot multiple rounds. Also present during this incident was a 16-year-old female, a 42-year-old female and a 46-year-old male. No injuries were reported.

Mr. Sturgis fled the scene prior to police arrival, authorities said. Later that evening at approximately 10:01 p.m., police said, troopers saw Mr. Sturgis driving a 2008 white Honda CRV. The vehicle pulled into the Holly Brook Apartments, Laurel, and a traffic stop was initiated. Police said troopers observed Mr. Sturgis throw a plastic bag on the ground and he was subsequently taken into custody without incident.

Approximately 2.57 grams of powder cocaine were found during a search, approximately 2.63 grams of crack cocaine, approximately 1.02 grams of marijuana, six Alprazolam pills and drug paraphernalia.

Mr. Sturgis was transported to Troop 5 were he was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited (two counts), first-degree reckless endanger (five counts), endangering the welfare of a child, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (three counts), tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia (three counts), possession of marijuana and driving while suspended or revoked.

Mr. Sturgis was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $174,101 cash only bond.

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