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Police Investigating Officer Involved Shooting

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SMYRNA, Del.- Police are investigating an officer involved shooting in Smyrna. 

Police say on May 1, 2015 at approximately 11:23 p.m. the Smyrna Police Department was notified of a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend in building #30 on Malvern Lane in the Sunnyside Village Development. 

Police say the initial call reported the male suspect was armed with a gun. 

When officers arrived to the area, police say the female said her boyfriend may have left the area. 

Officers say they searched the area and were unable to locate the suspect. 

At 12:18 a.m. on May 2, 2015, the Smyrna Police Department received a second call that the armed suspect returned to the residence and was attempting to force his way into the apartment which was still occupied by the girlfriend and another adult male. 

Police say they encountered the suspect in front of the building, and he was armed with a shotgun. 

Police say officers gave verbal commands to the suspect who refused to comply. At this time police say an officer fired at the armed subject. 

Officers say they then approached the subject and immediately began rendering medical treatment. 

Neighbors who witnessed the incident recall what they saw.

"I jumped up," said Joe Brobst who lives across the street and saw the events unfold from his window. "By the time I got to the door the man was standing on the stoop over there at door five and that's when you heard the cops shoot five times."

"I came out here and that's when I saw my neighbor laying on the ground with the cops trying to revive him," said Daniela Caraway who also lives across the street from the apartment that made the disturbance call.

Police say the suspect was transported to the Bayhealth Smyrna Emergency Room by Ambulance 64 and Kent County Paramedics where he was later pronounced dead. At this time the name of the deceased is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin.

Police say the officer involved is an 11 year veteran of the Smyrna Police Department currently assigned to the Patrol Division. At this time the officer has been placed on administrative leave per department policy pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Smyrna Police Department is receiving assistance with this investigation from the City of Dover Police Department as well as the State Attorney General's Office.

This is still an active and ongoing investigation in its preliminary stages. 

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