DOVER, Del.- A 23-year-old Dover man has been convicted of attempted murder and related charges for shooting at a city police officer following an armed robbery that occurred early last year, the Delaware Department of Justice said announced.
Court records show that on March 17, 2012, Hareem D. Mitchell shot at a Dover police officer while fleeing after committing an armed robbery at Dot's Discount Cigarettes in the Carroll's Corner Shopping Center.
Mitchell was taken into custody at the scene of the shooting. Prosecutors said the robbery and the shooting were recorded by video surveillance cameras, which were used as evidence at the trial. Court documents show that Mitchell fired four shots in close range of the officer, nearly striking him in the head. While the officer was not struck, he suffered minor injuries while avoiding being hit. Court records also show that one of the rounds struck a house at 808 S. Governor's St., where two people were inside eating dinner.
Following a trial held in Kent County Superior Court, a jury on Wednesday convicted Mitchell on all counts: one count of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, two counts of first-degree reckless endangering, and one count each of wearing a disguise during commission of a felony and resisting arrest.
Mitchell faces 40 years minimum mandatory time in prison to life when sentenced on March 14, 2013.
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