State trooper shooter still on the loose

(Metro file photo)
(Metro file photo)

The person who shot a 44-year-old Delaware State trooper in Wilmington Wednesday afternoon is still at large.

State police said Thursday that around 4 p.m. the day before, trooper Richard Deskis, a 17-year veteran and member of the retail theft unit, responded to a call on East 24th Street and North Market Street.

He was called to assist the Wilmington Police Department with an investigation of a suspicious parked vehicle.

The car appeared to contain stolen merchandise from retail stores in the surrounding area.

As the trooper spoke with a woman who was affiliated with the car, gunshots rang out from an unknown direction and from unknown attackers. The shots were aimed at the state trooper and Wilmington Police Department officers, and the trooper was struck in the right arm.

Wilimington officers shielded the trooper and then applied first aid until medical services arrived.

The trooper was transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he was treated and released. He is recovering at home, state police said.

No suspects are in custody at this time, but state police said its investigation continues.

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