Dagsboro man arrested in roadside shooting incident

CLARKSVILLE – Delaware State Police on Thursday arrested a Dagsboro man in connection with a roadside shooting that occurred Wednesday evening.

John W. Barnhard

John W. Barnhard, 60, was arrested and charged in the shooting incident that occurred near Old Mill Road and Irons Lane, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

Troopers were dispatched March 27 at approximately 9:24 p.m. for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, troopers found a male subject, identified as 16-year-old Brandon Pumarejo of Georgetown, near the roadway with an apparent gunshot wound to his upper torso.

Further investigation revealed that prior to the shooting the victim was a passenger in a vehicle along with the driver and three other males.  The vehicle was eastbound on Old Mill Road from Irons Lane when it was flagged down by a motorist in a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup truck got out and words were exchanged, Cpl. Jaffe said. The four passengers, including the victim, exited their vehicle.

The driver of the Ford F-150, later identified by state police as John Barnhard, pulled out a handgun and fired a shot, striking the victim in the upper torso before fleeing in his vehicle, Cpl. Jaffe said.

The 16-year-old teen was transported to Beebe Hospital in serious condition and later transported to A.I. DuPont Hospital, said Cpl. Jaffe.

Barnhard, located a short time later near the scene of the shooting, was taken into custody without incident and taken to Troop 4 where he was charged with:

  • Assault First Degree;
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (five counts);
  • Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited; and
  • Four counts of Reckless Endanger First Degree.

Barnhard was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $317,000 secured bond.

The case remains under investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Grassi at 302-365-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

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