Delaware State Police have charged Daemont L. Wheeler, 30, with first-degree attempted murder after he was caught in Michigan.
A Dover area man, wanted in connection with a November shooting in Rodney Village, has been extradited from Michigan and now is facing charges including attempted first-degree murder.
Daemont L. Wheeler, 30, was arrested in Gibraltar, Mich., southeast of Detroit, the morning of Jan. 27, and was held in that state while the extradition proceedings took place.
Wheeler allegedly shot his mother’s boyfriend five times during a Nov. 13 altercation at a home in the 1500 block of John Clark Road, Rodney Village.
According to the warrant of probable cause released by Justice of the Peace Court No. 7, Dover, Wheeler and the 48-year-old victim had been involved in a verbal argument that evening. Just before the shooting, both men had left the house via separate exits, but continued the argument when they returned. A witness said Wheeler pulled a handgun, shot the victim five to six times and fled.
Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Walter Newton said Wheeler was tracked to Wayne County, Mich.
There, U.S. marshals and officers from the nearby Detroit fugitive apprehension team went to look for him Jan. 26, said Gibraltar Police Department spokesman detective Lt. Gerard LaPointe. They were not able to find Wheeler that evening, but decided to return after sunrise to look for him, LaPointe said.
However, Wheeler was spotted nearby the next morning.
“He apparently had no idea someone was still looking for him,” LaPointe said. Wheeler ran off into some nearby woods, causing a number of local schools to go into a semi-lockdown mode. Tracking dogs were brought in and a tactical police team volunteered their services to assist in the hunt, La Pointe added.
“I think he saw all the police presence and probably decided it was a good idea to surrender,” LaPointe said. “He walked out onto a roadway with his hands in the air and gave up.”
Additional police investigation indicated Wheeler had been staying at an apartment rented to a Delaware woman, LaPointe added. No charges have been brought against the woman, he said.
Delaware State Police troopers arrested Wheeler Feb. 17 upon his return to the First State, Newton said. He was charged with first-degree attempted murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a person prohibited. The latter charge is a result of Wheeler’s 2002 conviction for second-degree assault.
Wheeler was jailed in default of a $97,000 cash bond.