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Dover Post
  • Dover man convicted for robbery and shooting at city officer in pursuit

  • Hareem Mitchell, 23, of Dover, was convicted of attempted murder, robbery, firearms and other offenses by a Kent County Superior Court jury before Judge Young Wednesday.
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  • Hareem Mitchell, 23, of Dover, was convicted of attempted murder, robbery, firearms and other offenses by a Kent County Superior Court jury before Judge Young Wednesday.
    Mitchell was convicted for crimes he committed on March 17, 2012, Delaware Department of Justice spokesman Jason Miller said. On that date, Mitchell shot at a Dover police officer while fleeing from the armed robbery he committed at the convenience store Dot's Discount Cigarettes in the Carroll's Corner Shopping Center.
    Mitchell was captured at the scene of the shooting, Miller said. The robbery and the shooting were recorded by video surveillance cameras, he said.
    Mitchell fired four shots in close range to the officer, nearly striking him in the head. While the officer was not struck, he suffered minor injuries while avoiding being hit. One of the rounds hit a house at 808 S. Governor's Street, where two occupants were inside eating dinner.
    Mitchell's trial began on Jan. 15, 2013 in the Kent County Courthouse.
    He was convicted of all counts: two counts of first-degree, attempted murder, two counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of first-degree reckless endangering and one count each of wearing a disguise during commission of a felony and resisting arrest.
    Closing statements were made Wednesday morning, and the jury returned with its verdict after deliberating for approximately 90 minutes, including their lunch break.
    Mitchell faces 40 years minimum mandatory time in prison to life when sentenced on March 14, 2013. The case was prosecuted by state Deputy Attorneys General R. David Favata and Lindsay Taylor.
    Multiple officers from the Dover Police Department were present during the trial.

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