UPDATE: 3:45 p.m., June 25
Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack has identified the alleged gunman killed in today's exchange of gunfire with state trooper Cpl. Lloyd M. McCann as Dennis Hicks, 29, of Milford.
Hicks died at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital approximately two hours after the incident. According to Shavack, McCann had pursued Hicks after identifying him as being wanted from an earlier incident. Hicks stopped his car near Magnolia and immediately opened fire on the trooper, wounding him in the face and hand.
McCann returned fire, striking Hicks in the upper body, Shavack said.
The gun used by Hicks was reported stolen during a June 2013 residential burglary in Smyrna.
UPDATE - 12:35 p.m., June 25
Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack has identified the wounded trooper as Cpl. Lloyd M. McCann, 26, of Troop 3, Camden.
McCann remains in serious but stable condition at Christiana Hospital, Newark, Shavack said.
A Delaware State Police trooper is in the hospital and a suspect is dead following a morning exchange of gunfire near Magnolia.
Division spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack said the incident took place at 6:55 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of West Birdie and Bay Hill lanes at the Linkside development. The area is the site of several townhouses, a small strip mall and a gas station.
The incident began at about 12:30 a.m. with troopers responding to a domestic strangling incident in Magnolia, Shavack said. The suspect escaped, but was spotted about six hours later by a trooper on patrol.
The trooper pursued the 29-year-old suspect for a short distance until the man stopped, got out of his vehicle and fired on him, Shavack said.
The 26-year-old trooper, a four-year veteran of the department, returned fire, striking the suspect.
The trooper, who is based out of Troop 3, Camden, was first taken to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital and then airlifted by DSP helicopter to the Christiana trauma center, Newark.
The trooper, who was shot twice, is listed in stable condition, Shavack said, adding he could not provide additional information on the officer’s wounds.
The suspect, whose name has not been released pending notification of his next of kin, also was taken to Bayhealth, but was pronounced dead at 8:47 a.m.
This was the second time in the past seven months a Delaware State Police trooper has been wounded in the line of duty; a trooper was shot in the arm on Nov. 20 during an investigation in Wilmington.
Detectives continue their investigation into the shooting incident, and more details will be released as they become available, Shavack said.