SALEM, DE — A Delaware State Trooper was shot multiple times on Wednesday and police say they are closing in on a suspect who they believe was responsible.
The shooting unfolded at around noon, local time, at a Wawa convenience store near Salem. The trooper, who has not yet been identified, was confirmed dead shortly after being rushed to the hospital.
Officials say the slain trooper spotted a suspicious vehicle that was occupied by two suspects in the Wawa parking lot.
Shortly after the trooper made contact, officials say one of the two suspects got out of the vehicle and fired several rounds, hitting the trooper.
Other troopers responding to the scene took one of the suspects into custody without incident. The other suspect fled on foot and has barricaded himself inside his residence in the nearby town of Middletown. Law enforcement sources say the suspect, who has not yet been named, is refusing orders to surrender and has fired several shots at officers who are surrounding his house.
SWAT team officers are currently on the scene.
“This is a sad day for our state and our Delaware State Police family. We ask that you keep the trooper’s family, and the Delaware State Police family, in your thoughts and prayers,” said Delaware State Police Superintendent Nathaniel McQueen.
Several residents in the area have been evacuated due to the gunfire. The Appoquinimink School District in the Middletown, Delaware, area was also placed on lock down.