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Updated: Police ID Teen Suspect Killed in Trooper-involved Shooting in Dover

Posted: 12/09/2017 07:45:00 -05:00 Updated:

DOVER, Del.- Delaware State Police have released the name of a 16-year-old boy who was killed in an exchange of gunfire with a state trooper over the weekend in Dover.

Police identified the boy as Juliun Pitcher of Smyrna.

Investigators said Pitcher was the front seat passenger in a vehicle that was stopped shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday for a traffic violation on Fieldstone Court, just east of Kenton Road in Dover.

Police said that as the trooper approached the vehicle, Pitcher displayed a handgun, with an exchange of gunfire ensuing. Pitcher was shot during the exchange, and succumbed to his injuries, after being transported to a local hospital. The 18-year-old driver of the vehicle sustained a gunshot wound to his leg, for which he was treated at a local hospital and released. A 17-year-old rear seat passenger in the vehicle was not hurt as a result of the incident, according to police..

Investigators said the 35-year-old trooper involved in this incident has been employed by Delaware State Police for two years, and is assigned to Troop 3 patrol in Camden. He has been placed on administrative leave as per divisional policy, pending the outcome of the investigation. The trooper involved in this incident was not injured, according to police.

Detectives recovered a handgun from the scene, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, with further details being released as they become available.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective D. Grassi of the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit by calling 302-365-8441. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com .

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