Police: Viola man charged with attempted murder after officer-involved shooting

VIOLA — A 28-year-old Viola man was arrested for attempted murder following an officer-involved shooting Wednesday, police say.

On Wednesday, at approximately 5:32 p.m., Delaware State Police troopers were dispatched to 201 East Evens Drive, Viola, in response to a disorderly subject with a gun, said Cpl. Jason Hatchell, a spokesman for the Delaware State Police.

Upon arrival, troopers spoke to a witness at the residence who said the suspect, identified as Ronald Cochran, was inside the bathroom with a gun allegedly stating he was going to shoot up the place, Cpl. Hatchell said.

Ronald Cochran

Troopers gave commands to Mr.. Cochran through an open exterior door to exit the residence, but he fled up the stairs to the second story, Cpl. Hatchell said.

Mr. Cochran allegedly climbed out of a second-story window onto the roof of the first floor and fired two gunshots toward two troopers on scene.

Both troopers, a five-year veteran trooper and a trooper with one year of service, returned fire, Cpl. Hatchell said.

Mr. Cochran made his way to the west side of the residence where he jumped to the ground and ran to the front of the residence, Cpl. Hatchell said. Once at the front of the residence, Mr. Cochran allegedly pointed his weapon at a third trooper who was covering the front of the residence. The trooper, who has three years of service, fired a round toward Mr. Cochran, Cpl. Hatchell said.

Mr. Cochran allegedly fled to a residence approximately 100 yards from 201 East Evens Drive, and laid on the porch of the residence after he was shot.

Mr. Cochran suffered gunshot wounds to the right bicep and right shoulder. Troopers gave first aid and he was treated and released from an area hospital, Cpl. Hatchell said.

No troopers were injured in the incident.

Mr. Cochran was allegedly still in possession of a .40-caliber handgun.

He was released from the hospital and transported to Delaware State Police Troop 3, where he was charged with: two counts of first-degree attempted murder, a felony; possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, a felony; three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, a felony; first-degree reckless endangering.

Mr. Cochran was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court No. 7 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on an $168,000 cash bond.