Delaware state police investigate Milford Police-involved shooting

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Delaware State Police were asked to investigate a police-involved shooting Saturday afternoon between a 58-year-old Milford, Del. man, who is in critical condition, and a Milford Police officer with 18 years experience, police said.

Roy D. Rhodes, of Milford, suffered multiple gun shots around 4 p.m. on the 600 block of Milford Harrington Highway after he pulled out a gun and pointed it in an officer’s direction, according to state police.

According to police, Rhodes crossed his 1998 Lincoln Town Car from the westbound lane of Milford Harrington Highway into the eastbound lane and into the path of an oncoming car.

The car avoided a collision, but Rhodes veered off the side of the road, crashed into some bushes and came to a stop in a private driveway off the highway, police said.

The other driver got out of his car and approached the Lincoln to check on Rhodes. When he visited the driver-side door, he found Rhodes holding a knife to his throat. The driver quickly reached through the window and grabbed the weapon, police said.

Rhodes became upset, pulled a handgun from the center console, and then exited the Lincoln as Milford Police arrived, police said.

Police said they ordered Rhodes to drop the gun several times, but he did not comply.

Police said Rhodes then pointed the gun at police, at which point the Milford officer fired multiple shots which hit Rhodes three times in the upper and lower body.Rhodes remains in critical condition at Milford Memorial Hospital.

Rhodes remains in custody at Milford Memorial Hospital and faces charges of aggravated menacing and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He will be arraigned after he is medically cleared.

The Milford officer was placed on administrative duty as departmental policy, pending the outcome of the investigation. The Officer’s name will not be released at this time.

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