Report: Dover Police Officers Justified in 2014 Fatal Shooting - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Report: Dover Police Officers Justified in 2014 Fatal Shooting

Posted: Updated:
James Long displayed this pellet gun when two Dover police officers arrived at his apartment the night of Dec. 21, 2014, according to the Delaware Department of Justice. (Photo: Dover Police Department) James Long displayed this pellet gun when two Dover police officers arrived at his apartment the night of Dec. 21, 2014, according to the Delaware Department of Justice. (Photo: Dover Police Department)

DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- Two Dover police officers were justified in using deadly force when they shot and killed a mentally disturbed man who pointed a pellet gun at them last year, according to a report just released by the Delaware Department of Justice. 

The DOJ said the officers had reason to believe their lives were in danger last Dec. 21, when 52-year-old James Long pointed the gun at them after police entered his home at the Country Club Apartments following a 90-minute standoff. The officers fired at him, hitting him twice. Long was taken to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
    
Long, who had a history of mental illness and alcohol abuse, had called a hotline that night and implied that he planned to commit "suicide by cop."  He had been taken into custody six months earlier after making a similar threat and barricading himself in his apartment.
    
Authorities said Long had alcohol and marijuana in his system. The pellet gun was a replica of a .45 caliber pistol. 

The DOJ report noted that the apartment was booby-trapped with a device designed to mix chemicals together to create a toxic gas. However, the booby trap did not work. 

According to the report, the facts of the case fully support the reasonableness of the officers' actions.  

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Discussion Sparked on Kent County's "Dangerous" Animal Ban

    Discussion Sparked on Kent County's "Dangerous" Animal Ban

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:46 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:46:41 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 7:46 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:46:41 GMT

    DOVER, Del. -- John Zalewski of Kent County says he'd like to keep poison dart frogs at his home near Milford, something he thinks would not be blocked by the state's permitting process for exotic animals. However, Zalewski claims he was told by Kent County the frogs would be classified as dangerous animals, even though he said the amphibians are not poisonous when held in captivity. "I'd put one in my mouth or whatever. They're completely harmless," he said. Kent Co...

    More

    DOVER, Del. -- John Zalewski of Kent County says he'd like to keep poison dart frogs at his home near Milford, something he thinks would not be blocked by the state's permitting process for exotic animals. However, Zalewski claims he was told by Kent County the frogs would be classified as dangerous animals, even though he said the amphibians are not poisonous when held in captivity. "I'd put one in my mouth or whatever. They're completely harmless," he said. Kent Co...

    More
  • Ocean City Postpones Median Project

    Ocean City Postpones Median Project

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:20 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:20:09 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 7:20 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:20:09 GMT

    Ocean City median project has been postponed till fall of 2018. 

    More

    Ocean City median project has been postponed till fall of 2018. 

    More
  • Wicomico County Hires New Finance Director

    Wicomico County Hires New Finance Director

    Monday, May 22 2017 6:30 PM EDT2017-05-22 22:30:22 GMT
    Monday, May 22 2017 6:30 PM EDT2017-05-22 22:30:22 GMT

    Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver announced the replacement of former finance director Leslie Lewis.  

    More

    Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver announced the replacement of former finance director Leslie Lewis.  

    More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Cruisin' OC Weekend Raises Concerns

    Cruisin' OC Weekend Raises Concerns

    Although this weekend brought in a lot of business for the 25th Annual Cruisin' Ocean City, there were many people left in town that had mixed emotions about the event.More
    Although this weekend brought in a lot of business for the 25th Annual Cruisin' Ocean City, there were many people left in town that had mixed emotions about the event.More
  • Locals React to Cruisin' Ocean City

    Locals React to Cruisin' Ocean City

    Thousands of cars rumbled into Ocean City for Cruisin' OC but not everyone was thrilled about it.

    For 27 years unique cars have traveled from hundreds of miles away to drive up and down the streets of Ocean City.

    While this event might be a big attraction for people who aren't from Delmarva, not everyone gets revved up for the weekend.Locals said that over the past few years the noise and the smell has gotten to be a little too much.

    More

    Thousands of cars rumbled into Ocean City for Cruisin' OC but not everyone was thrilled about it.

    For 27 years unique cars have traveled from hundreds of miles away to drive up and down the streets of Ocean City.

    While this event might be a big attraction for people who aren't from Delmarva, not everyone gets revved up for the weekend.Locals said that over the past few years the noise and the smell has gotten to be a little too much.

    More
  • Residents Worry About Uptick in Violence on One Particular Street

    Residents Worry About Uptick in Violence on One Particular Street

    In Dover, in recent weeks, shootings have mostly been concentrated on the south side of New Street with a person, a home, and a car being hit by gunfire.

    More

    In Dover, in recent weeks, shootings have mostly been concentrated on the south side of New Street with a person, a home, and a car being hit by gunfire.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices