LAUREL, Del.- Authorities have announced the arrests of two men after shots were fired at a Delaware police officer's house near Laurel.
Delaware State Police said Orrin D. Joudrey, 20 of Delmar, Md., was arrested near Laurel at around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday following a DUI traffic stop. Police said a search of Joudrey's vehicle resulted in the seizure of a shotgun and rifle ammunition possibly used in the shooting of a Dewey Beach police officer's home located west of Laurel. According to investigators, Joudrey gave an address in the 10000 block of County Seat Highway in Laurel where he was staying with 24-year-old David M. Watson II over the last several days.
Police said the investigation that followed determined that Joudrey and Watson had driven around Maryland and western Sussex County in Delaware firing numerous rounds of shotgun and rifle ammunition at the homes of law enforcement officers. Troopers said one of the incidents occurred on Thursday, Dec. 27, in which shots were fired at a Dewey Beach police officer's home located on Laurel Road west of Laurel. No one was injured in this incident.
Authorities said that at approximately 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, Watson, who is on Level III probation, was contacted at his Laurel area home and taken into custody by the DSP Sussex County Governor's Task Force. Detectives from Troop 4 and probation officers assigned to the GTF conducted a search warrant on Watson's home where they say they located a 12-gauge shotgun and a 7.62 mm rifle, along with shotgun and rifle ammunition.
Joudrey was charged with attempted first-degree murder, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, three counts of first-degree reckless endangering, first-degree conspiracy, criminal mischief, driving under the influence of alcohol, no proof of insurance and expired tags. He is being held in the Sussex Correctional Center on a $320,500 cash-only bond.
Watson was transported to Troop 4 in Georgetown where he was charged with attempted first-degree murder, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, three counts of first-degree endangering, first-degree conspiracy and criminal mischief. He was ordered held in SCI on $330,500 cash-only bond.
There is no word yet on what charges the two suspects may be facing in Maryland. The Wicomico County (Md.) Sheriff's Office did announce it will be holding a press conference about the arrests on Friday morning.
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