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Suspect Shot By Dover Police, Charged With Several Crimes

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Terrance Fletcher, 21 (Photo: Dover Police) Terrance Fletcher, 21 (Photo: Dover Police)

DOVER, DE - A Dover man is facing several gun charges following an officer-involved shooting Friday afternoon that caused tensions to rise in the surrounding neighborhood.

Terrance Fletcher has been charged with Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon and Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited and is being held on $20,000 cash bond.

During an afternoon news conference, Dover Police Chief Paul Bernat said that 21-year-old Terrence Fletcher was shot after a brief police chase. 

"A foot pursuit was ensued when they tried to contact Mr. Fletcher," said Bernat. "At that time Mr. Fletcher ran through a small narrow pathway and at that point, one of the other Dover police officers fired and shot Mr. Fletcher in his thigh. A handgun was found in the proximity of the foot pursuit," he said. 

Bernat described Fletcher's injury as a flesh wound. Fletcher was taken to Kent General Hospital in Dover where he was treated for his non-life threatening injury.

After the shooting, a crowd quickly gathered in the area of Governors Avenue and New Street, where police say the shooting happened near a daycare and its outdoor playground.

Sarah Butler, the owner of Drop-A-Tot preschool, says she is outraged by how close the shooting occurred to the daycare.

"This is where they ride right up and down there. What if one of those kids had been out there," said Butler. "I mean it looked like they could've chased him on further over the fence. Not shoot toward the playground. That's too much," she said.

 Officers reported that members of the crowd became hostile towards police officers from Smyrna, Milford, Capitol, and Delaware State Police Departments who responded to assist with the crowd.  Police say two subjects were arrested for disorderly conduct and other charges as a result.  The majority of the crowd dispersed peacefully a short time later.

The officer involved in the shooting is a 3-year-veteran of the Dover Police Department and is a member of the Street Crimes Unit.   The officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation which is standard policy for all officer involved shootings.

Community leaders and representatives from the NAACP are holding a meeting Saturday evening to allow witnesses to heal and express any concerns.

"These kids that see these events that happen every day grow up to carry these emotions and and sights that they see at all times," said Alex Cropper, Vice President of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Educational Community Center. "So if they don't get counseling and don't get the help they need, then all that's going to do is perpetuate into the community long term," he said.

The meeting will be held at Center of Faith church on New St. in Dover on Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

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