OCEAN VIEW – Delaware State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting incident late Saturday night near Ocean View.
According to state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, a 31-year-old Hurlock, MD man being pursued by Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department and Ocean View Police Department personnel was seriously injured when officers fired multiple shots at the Infinity SUV the suspect was driving.
The incident occurred around 10:13 p.m. in a private driveway in the 36000 block of Pine Grove Lane.
Officers fired their weapons after the suspect drove his vehicle into a fully-marked Ocean View police car, smashed into a mailbox and then drove toward a sheriff’s deputy, Cpl. Fournier said.
Officers were pursuing the Infinity SUV on Burbage Road and then onto Windmill Drive and Pine Grove Lane, a dead-end road.
The SUV stopped at the end of the road and accelerated backwards at a high speed directly into the front of the fully-marked Ocean View Police Officer’s patrol vehicle, pushing it off the roadway, Cpl. Fournier said.
The Infiniti continued backwards up at a high rate of speed and almost struck a fully-marked deputy sheriff’s vehicle before smashing into a mailbox where it momentarily stopped.
The SUV then proceeded into an empty residential lot. Then it turned around and proceeded forward toward a sheriff deputy standing outside of his vehicle in the driveway, Cpl. Fournier said.
The Ocean View officer who had exited his patrol vehicle ran to where the deputy was standing. As the SUV accelerated toward the two law enforcement officers, they yelled commands to stop. The Ocean View officer and deputy sheriff fired multiple rounds at the Infinity before it came to a stop in a private driveway.
The officer and sheriff’s deputies removed the suspect from the SUV and rendered first aid until the arrival of EMS. The suspect was transported to an area hospital and admitted in serious condition. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, Cpl. Fournier said.
The Ocean View officer was also transported to an area hospital by EMS. He was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries he sustained in the collision, Cpl. Fournier said.
The deputy sheriff was uninjured in the incident.
The investigation into this incident is being conducted by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit, It is in its early stages.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
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