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Smyrna Police Arrest Three Men After Illegal Drug Transaction Leads to Fight

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SMYRNA, Del.-A physical altercation after an illegal drug transaction went bad, leads to the arrest of three men in Kent County.

Officers with the Smyrna Police Department said the assault happened on Wednesday around 6 a.m. in the 500 block of West Commerce Street. Police were called to the scene at around 7:30 a.m.  

An investigation revealed that when 19-year-old, Larry Wheeler Jr. of Smyrna and another individual got to the residence to confront 36-year-old Alexander Brothers also of Smyrna, Brothers swung at Wheeler with a baseball bat and then smashed out the window of the vehicle belonging to Wheeler's mother.

Police said Brothers then struck Wheeler twice with the baseball bat at which time Wheeler pulled out a knife and cut Brothers several times during the incident. 

Wheeler was treated for minor facial injuries and released. He was arrested for 2nd degree assault and criminal solicitation. 

Brothers was arrested for 2nd degree assault, criminal mischief, and menacing.

While officers were still investigating the original incident and conducting interviews at the police department, reports of shots fired were received at approximately 1:21 p.m. in the area of Commerce Street.

Officers once again responded to the 500 block of West Commerce Street and contacted a male victim. 

An investigation revealed that the male victim was involved in an altercation with Wheeler and 22-year-old Eric Sartin Jr. of Smyrna, and possibly two other suspects who responded to the residence to confront the victim regarding the earlier assault. 

Police said a verbal altercation ensued and as the suspects tried to leave the area in a car three shots were fired at the victim from the moving vehicle.

Authorities said the victim was not injured during the incident.  

Officers recovered shell casings from the scene and later recovered the firearm used in connection with this incident. 

Both Wheeler and Sartin were taken into custody without incident in the 100 block of Savannah Drive.

Through interviews with the victim, witnesses, and suspects it was determined that Wheeler was the individual who was in possession of the firearm and shot at the victim during this incident. Wheeler was arrested for 1st degree reckless endangering  and 2nd degree conspiracy. Sartin was arrested for 2nd degree conspiracy.

The investigation is still ongoing and officers are working on identifying any other individuals who are connected with these crimes.

All three men will be presented and arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court 7 via video phone.

Wheeler was committed to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in default of $9,000 secured bail. 

Sartin was released on $1,500 unsecured bail. Brothers was released on $5,500 unsecured bail.
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