Shot fired by suspect during car break-in, Lewes


Lewes, DE – Troopers are investigating an incident in which a suspect breaking into a car fired a handgun after being confronted by a homeowner in Lewes.

Preliminary investigation has determined that the incident occurred on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at approximately 4:00 a.m. at a residence in the 17000 block of King Philip Way in the development of the Reserves at Nassau, Lewes. The 67 year old male resident was awakened by the sound of the automatic garage door to the residence opening. The victim went to investigate and entered the garage area through an interior door of the house, exterior garage door partially opened. The victim ducked under the garage door and observed 2 suspects rummaging through his car located in the driveway. He was confronted by one of the suspects armed with an unknown type handgun. The suspect forced the victim to the ground, pointing the handgun in his direction and discharged 1 round in the direction of the victim. The round did not hit him and he was not injured as a result of the gunfire. Both suspects fled the area on foot with undisclosed property removed from the car.

Suspect is described as an unknown race male, 18-25 years of age, 5’08” tall, thin build. The suspect was last seen wearing a dark colored hooded sweatshirt with hood pulled up over his head. He was armed with an unknown type handgun. No further physical or clothing description available at this time. The physical and clothing description of the 2nd suspect is not available.

Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident.

If anyone has any information about this incident are asked to contact the Criminal Investigative Unit at Troop 4 at 302-856-5850 or by utilizing the Delaware State Police Mobile Crime Tip Application available to download at: Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

Send an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”