A Dover man has been jailed after allegedly firing a rifle into the air following a domestic incident near Kitts Hummock.
The Kent County Emergency Center was notified of the incident at about 4:40 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.
The 911 center was told a man, later identified as John W. Kemp, 34, was shooting a rifle and threatening his wife and child. At the time of the call the two had fled to a neighbor’s home, Fournier said.
Troopers arrived on the scene to find Kemp walking down Kitts Hummock Road carrying a rifle, Fournier said. Spotting the arriving troopers, Kemp ran back toward his house while firing two rounds into the air.
Troopers closed Kitts Hummock Road as additional troopers, along with a K9 from the Dover Police department and a DSP helicopter converged on the scene. Kemp was spotted in some thick vegetation near the rear of his home at about 5:30 p.m., but refused orders to surrender, Fournier said.
Troopers moved in as they continued to talk to Kemp, who eventually dropped the weapon. Officers used an electronic stun weapon to subdue Kemp after he refused to lie on the ground in order to be handcuffed, Fournier said.
Kemp then was taken into custody without additional trouble, he said.
Fournier said DSP detectives’ investigation showed Kemp and his wife had been shouting at each other, an event that escalated into a physical altercation when he allegedly kicked and punched her. Kemp then went outside, retrieved an MK-99 semiautomatic rifle and went back inside, where he threatened to kill the 31-year-old woman and their 7-year-old daughter.
The two fled to the neighbor’s home when Kemp went outside and fired off several rounds from the weapon, Fournier said.
When captured, police found Kemp’s rifle contained a fully-loaded magazine; another fully-loaded magazine was found in a pocket, Fournier said.
After treatment by emergency medical personnel, Kemp was taken to Troop 3, Camden, and charged with two counts of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person prohibited, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of aggravated menacing, resisting arrest, two counts of terroristic threatening, endangering the welfare of a child, and offensive touching.
Kempt was committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on a $44,250 secured bond along with a no contact order with his wife and daughter.