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UPDATE: Gunfire Exchanged Between Kent County Man and State Trooper in Dover

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DOVER, Del. - A suspect involved in a police-involved shooting last month is now facing additional charges.

Thirty-year-old Aaron Purnell of Harrington has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony since the incident on July 24, according to police. He is still being held at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on an additional cash bond of $560,000.

According to the Delaware State Police, troopers responded to the "G" building of the Alder Park Apartments in Dover around 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, for a report of a person with a gun. When police arrived, they said there was a person matching the caller's description standing with another man between buildings "G" and "H."

Police said when the two men saw a state trooper approach, they ran away, eventually splitting up. The trooper chased the man who matched the caller's description. According to police, that suspect, later identified as Purnell, then turned around and fired a shot from a handgun, causing the trooper to fire back.

After a long chase, the trooper caught up to Purnell and took him into custody. Police said a loaded 9mm handgun was found near where the trooper took Purnell into custody.

Despite shots being fired, police said no one was injured. Purnell was charged with three counts of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited, Aggravated Menacing, Reckless Endangering and Resisting Arrest with Force.  He was arraigned at JP7 and committed to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $96,000 cash bond.

Police have not named the trooper involved in the incident but said he is 38 years old, has been employed by the Delaware State Police for 14 years and is assigned to Troop 3 patrol in Camden. Per divisional policy, he has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Detectives from the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are conducting the investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact Sergeant D. Weaver at 302-741-2728. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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