Wilmington Police Release Further Information on Officer Shot in Southbridge

Posted on  02/04/2013 11:01 pm

Location:

  • 1200 block of Peach Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Date of Occurrence:

  • Sunday, February 3, 2013, approximately 3:50 p.m.

Victim:

  • Patrolman Justin Wilkers, 34 (see attached photo)

Suspects:

  • Ronald Boyce, 21, of Wilmington (see attached photo)
    • Resisting arrest
  • Jared Wiggins, 20, of Wilmington (see attached photo)
    • Disregarding a Police Signal
    • Providing False Statement
    • Resisting arrest
  • Third suspect

Update:

This evening detectives took a suspect into custody believed to have been an occupant of the white Chevrolet Equinox listed in the shooting of Officer Wilkers. The investigation is ongoing. Updates will follow.

Summary:

At a press conference today the Wilmington Department of Police and the Mayor’s Office provided an update on yesterday’s police involved shooting.

On February 3, 2013 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Officer Justin Wilkers and his partner were on patrol in the area of C and South Buttonwood Streets when they observed a white Chevrolet Equinox with an equipment violation. At A and Townsend Streets the officers attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. The vehicle fled leading officers on a vehicle pursuit through Southbridge ending in the 1200 block of Peach Street. The vehicle stopped and several suspects fled on foot from the vehicle. As one of the suspects exited the vehicle he drew a handgun and fired at Officer Wilkers who was attempting to exit his police vehicle. The bullet struck Officer Wilkers in the left jaw area. The bullet caused significant damage and lodged in the lower part of the officers skull.

The suspect then fled on foot. Other officers pursued the suspects, capturing two of them. Officers then returned to the police car and found Officer Wilkers suffering from his gunshot wound. Officers placed Officer Wilkers in a patrol car and drove him to Wilmington Hospital where he was stabilized. He was then transferred via ambulance to Christiana Hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition. Surgery is scheduled for Tuesday.

Two suspects, Jared Wiggins, 20, and Ronald Boyce, 21, are currently in custody. The driver of the vehicle, Jared Wiggins, has been charged with failing to obey a police signal, resisting arrest, and providing a false statement. Ronald Boyce has been charged with resisting arrest. A third suspect, whose information is being withheld for investigative purposes, is actively being sought, although no warrants are yet on file. Investigators are currently evaluation evidence to determine which suspect or suspects shot the officer.

The Wilmington Department of Police is aggressively investigating this incident and is cooperating with the Attorney General’s Office and federal agencies. The Wilmington Department of police would also like to thank Troopers and Officers from Delaware State Police and New Castle County Police who responded into the city yesterday to provide mutual aid.

Officer Justin Wilkers is a three-year veteran of the police department and has a wife and two young children. Chief Christine R. Dunning and the Wilmington Department of Police are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community and other agencies, and ask that you continue to keep the officer and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Anyone with information about this investigation can call:

  • Wilmington Police Confidential Tip Line at (302) 576-3990.
  • Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 (1-800-847-3333) or online at www.tipsubmit.com

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