Money dispute between cousins sparked Dover shooting, police say

DOVER — A 24-year-old man was shot after a reported dispute over a money debt between two cousins early Thursday morning, police said in court documents.

After investigation into the alleged incident, an arrest warrant was obtained for Jaymere Lewis, 19, of the 700 block of Bacon Avenue in Dover, according to Dover Police Department.

Authorities said Mr. Lewis and another male whose name was redacted in court documents were wearing body armor vests when later arrested at approximately 7 a.m. as police investigated a theft complaint in an apartment complex parking lot.

Both defendants were transported to the Dover Police Department, according to papers.

Jaymere Lewis (Dover PD photo)

Jaymere Lewis (Dover PD photo)

In court papers, police said a semi-automatic handgun and empty magazine were found concealed in a gray backpack, and an IPod mini was located inside a vehicle the defendants occupied.

Earlier, at approximately 12:50 a.m., police said, a man was shot once in the leg and then treated at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital for a non-life threatening injury after arriving via private vehicle.

The incident occurred near the intersection of Boggs Drive and Nimitz Road, police said, and the man was wounded after stopping his vehicle. A suspect fled on foot, police said.

Authorities said a firearm was concealed before a round was discharged during an argument, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

According to police in court documents, a first alleged incident happened between 12:50 a.m. and 12:55 a.m.

Charges include first-degree assault — intentional serious injury with a dangerous instrument weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and aggravated menacing.

Court papers indicated Mr. Lewis was held in detention in lieu of a $45,000 secured bond, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 1.

Second alleged incident

Another 12 charges resulted from a second alleged incident, police said, including wearing body armor during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, theft $1,500 or greater, motor vehicle theft, second-degree conspiracy, theft under $1,500 (two counts), resisting arrest, and third-degree criminal trespass (three counts). A $54,530 secured bail was ordered.

At 7 on Thursday, police said in court papers, officers answered a trespass and theft complaint in the 200 block of Bay Tree Road, and $120 and a bank debit card was reported stolen from a vehicle.

Another vehicle was found with a door open, police said, and found to be ransacked.

According to police, Mr. Lewis was a passenger in a fleeing vehicle with heavy damage that was later stopped at a roadway deadend after first turning into the apartment complex.

Authorities said in documents that the vehicle’s two occupants attempted to flee while holding a gray backpack but were quickly apprehended by two officers.

Further investigation found that approximately $2,755 of military property allegedly had been taken from a vehicle, including a flashlight, Kevlar helmet, backpack, handcuffs, firearm pouches, H-Harness and two body armor vests.

Police also received a call reporting an IPod mini worth $575 had been taken from a vehicle overnight.

Also, the vehicle the two defendants were found in reportedly was stolen from a parking lot, according to police in documents; a spare key was kept in the glove box, police said.

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