Police identify Seaford woman killed during incident with state police

Jeff Neiburg
Delaware News Journal

Delaware State Police on Saturday identified the woman killed during a March 26 incident with police in Seaford as 51-year-old Kelly E. Rooks of Seaford.

Police did not reveal any new information in the update, which came more than a week after Rooks' death.

A 51-year-old woman was shot and killed at this home on Danny Drive in Seaford March 25. Tire ruts were visible in the lawn the next day.

Police were dispatched to a residence on Danny Drive to "assist medical personnel" who were already at the home. They said Rooks "armed herself with a firearm" and "threatened" the troopers and medical professionals. She was the shot and killed by a state trooper.

No officers or medical personnel were injured during the incident. It remains unclear why medical personnel were dispatched to the mobile home in a cul-de-sac off Airport Road.

The incident is being investigated by the homicide unit of state police. Incidents involving use of force are also investigated by the Delaware Department of Justice. 

Delaware law allows an officer to use deadly force if the officer feels their life or the lives of others are in danger.

DOJ investigations typically take months to complete. The department in March cleared officers involved in four separate use-of-force incidents in 2020.

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Contact Jeff Neiburg at jneiburg@delawareonline.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeff_Neiburg.