Sixteen-year-old suspect killed in shootout with state trooper in Dover

A police/suspect shootout near the intersection of Kenton Road and Fieldstone Court in Dover left a 16-year-old male dead early Saturday morning. Delaware State News/Ian Gronau

DOVER — On Saturday afternoon, the intersection of Kenton Road and Fieldstone Court in Dover was quiet, save for the falling snow. Hours earlier, around 3 a.m., it was the site of a police shootout that left a 16-year-old male suspect dead.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said an initial investigation determined that a trooper assigned to Troop 3 in Camden, made a the traffic stop near the intersection. The vehicle was a Saturn sedan with three passengers: an 18-year-old driver, 16-year-old front seat passenger and a 15-year-old back seat passenger.

Cpl. Austin said the trooper approached the vehicle, at which time the front seat passenger displayed a weapon and an exchange of gunfire ensued. The 16-year-old male was shot during the exchange, and died from his injuries after being transported to an area hospital.

The driver sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and was treated and later released from the hospital. The back seat passenger was uninjured in the incident. The trooper was also uninjured.

Cpl. Austin noted that a hand gun was recovered from the vehicle.

A Delaware State Police Homicide Unit investigation is ongoing. Police officials declined to comment further on the incident and said updates with more details will be released as they become available.

Staff writer Ian Gronau can be reached at 741-8272 or

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