Man shot by officer after ramming patrol cars

 

Dover Police officers investigate the shooting Tuesday of a 25-year-old man by a probation officer on New Castle Avenue in the Capital Green neighborhood. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

Dover Police officers investigate the shooting Tuesday of a 25-year-old man by a probation officer on New Castle Avenue in the Capital Green neighborhood. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

DOVER — Gunfire erupted in Delaware’s capital city again on Tuesday afternoon when a wanted 25-year-old man was shot four times by a pursuing law enforcement officer.

It was the city’s fifth shooting incident in 13 days.

The confrontation occurred at 12:22 p.m. as Jamera Fisher — wanted on a capias for failure to appear — allegedly drove a vehicle toward a Delaware Probation and Parole officer who discharged his weapon four times in an alleyway in the 400 block of New Castle Avenue, authorities said.

Mr. Fisher suffered two graze wounds to his upper left arm, a graze wound to his neck, and an entry wound into his left side torso, the medical staff at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital determined.

He was in stable condition afterward and criminal charges are pending, according to Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman.

Law enforcement initially acted on a tip that Mr. Fisher was in the Capital Green neighborhood vicinity and allegedly had a firearm, police said. Four Dover Police officers in the Street Crimes Unit responded, along with two probation and parole officers.

The officers arrived to see Mr. Fisher entering the driver’s side of a dark-colored sedan, Cpl. Hoffman said, and a second male was observed in the passenger seat.

The vehicle began to head north, police said, and officers attempted to stop it in the alleyway.

According to authorities, Mr. Fisher’s vehicle rammed into two occupied patrol cars in an apparent attempt to flee the scene.

Officers exited their vehicles as Mr. Fisher drove toward them in a manner police described as “aggressively.” At that point the probation and parole officer opened fire, authorities said.

According to police, officers rendered immediate first aid once Mr. Fisher was wounded.

He was then transported to the hospital by EMS.

A loaded handgun was allegedly found in the sedan Mr. Fisher was driving, police said.

Law enforcement cleared the scene at 2:55 p.m.

Cpl. Hoffman said criminal charges will be announced publicly when filed.

Dover Police and the Department of Correction are investigating the officer-involved shooting, authorities said, along with the Delaware Attorney General’s Office.

Other incidents

Other recent shooting incidents included an apparent homicide in an alleyway in the 500 block of River Road on Sunday night.

In another incident, a man was wounded in the elbow while pumping gas at a Wawa at 1450 Forrest Avenue on Oct. 16.

Two shootings involved property damage only — a home in the 400 block of New Castle Avenue was struck on Oct. 16, and a vehicle was hit multiple times in the 300 block of Monroe Terrace on Oct. 14.

The AG’s Office determined that a Dover Police officer was justified in shooting a fleeing suspect who emerged from a downtown Dover alleyway in 2015.

The suspect, who officers believed was armed, was shot one in the right thigh. The suspect was charged with a felony weapons offense after a firearm was later located.

Staff writer Craig Anderson can be reached at 741-8296 or canderson@newszap.com.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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