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Police: Suspect Arrested in Dover Shooting Released in Error

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DOVER, Del.- Police are looking for a suspect who was released by mistake following his arrest for a shooting that happened in Dover.

Dover police said officers and U.S. Marshals took 27-year-old Dion Williams into custody on Friday, Sept. 13 on several charges stemming from a shooting incident that occurred at Janaid’s Salon on June 1.

Police said that following the June 1 incident, detectives obtained warrants for Williams for first-degree assault, along with several other charges related to the incident. The other party involved was Julius Johnson, 31, of Dover, who was treated for serious injuries as a result of the shooting on the same day it happened. Johnson but succumbed to his injuries on July 5, while Williams was still wanted on charges stemming from the incident.  

On Friday, Sept. 13, Williams was arrested by the US Marshals First State Fugitive Task Force and the Dover Police Department in Sussex County.  Williams was charged and committed to SCI on an $87,000 cash bond on first-degree assault, firearms and reckless endangerment charges. 

That same day, Friday, Sept. 13 at approximately 9:30 a.m., officers from the Dover Police Department transported Williams to the Kent County Court of Common Pleas after his arraignment at Justice of the Peace Court 7, due to Williams having an active capias out of that court at the time.  Dover police transferred custody of Williams to the Capitol Police Department.   On Monday, Sept. 16, it was learned by a Dover police officer who was preparing a press release on the arrest, that Williams had been released.  It was later learned that a communication error by a Dover police officer led to the release of Williams once his capias was cleared.  

At this time, Williams’ whereabouts are unknown.  The Capitol Police Department is currently obtaining warrants for third-degree escape. 

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at 302-736-7111. Callers may remain anonymous.  Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delawarecrimestoppers.com; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.

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