Middletown juvenile faces murder charge


MIDDLETOWN — An unnamed juvenile male has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an adult man in the 500 block of New Street in Middletown on Sunday night.

The victim’s name was being withheld pending notification of family, police said.

Middletown Police said the man died after suffering a gunshot wound at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Charges of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony were filed against the juvenile from Middletown whose name was not released.

“Our policy is that we don’t release juvenile defendant information unless they are charged as an adult,” Middletown Police Capt. William Texter said. “We are in consultation with the Attorney General’s Office.”

Authorities described the incident as occurring in the “roadway” during an altercation between the juvenile and adult who was shot in the upper torso.

The wounded man was transported to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead by medical personnel, police said.

Police said an update would be provided when available.

The juvenile defendant was arraigned at New Castle County Family Court and held on $160,000 cash bail.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Det. Womer at 376-9950 or via email at joseph.womer@cj.state.de.us, the Middletown Police Crime Tip line at www.middletownde.org/Crime-Tip-Line/ or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 847-3333.

Town police investigated two other shooting incidents within the past month, including:

• Wednesday, shots fired at a home occupied by two adults and a juvenile in the 100 block of East Lockwood Street, No injuries were reported.

• Jan. 17, two people suffered multiple wounds in the 100 block of East Lockwood Street, one arrest made on a first-degree assault charge.

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