Delaware State Police released the name of the officer shot while serving a warrant in Rehoboth on Thursday, December 10. According to Sergeant Robert Masten of the Milford Police Department, the officer was Senior Corporal Timothy “TJ” Webb. He is a 13-year veteran of the department and is assigned to the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force. Sr. Cpl. Webb is “showing signs of improvement each day,” Sgt. Masten stated.
At approximately 7:47 PM, officers assigned to the First State Violent Fugitive Taskforce responded to the Econo Lodge Inn & Suites parking lot in Rehoboth, attempting to apprehend a 37-year old male from Reading, Pennsylvania. The person was wanted on an out-of-state warrant for attempted criminal homicide. He was located by members of the Delaware State Police, Milford Police Department as well as Probation and Parole.
As the officers approached the subject, there was an exchange of gunfire. Sr. Cpl. Webb was shot and transported to an area hospital where he underwent surgery. Later that evening, his condition was listed as critical but stable. The wanted male was also shot and pronounced dead at the scene. A handgun was located at the scene. The name of the subject has not been released at this time.
Sr. Cpl. Webb graduated from the Delaware State Police Academy on February 19, 2004 and came to the Milford Police Department on September 17, 2007, transferring from the Camden Police Department. He completed his field training with Milford on November 7, 2007, assigned to the patrol division. While serving on the patrol division, Sr. Cpl. Webb became a certified hostage negotiator and joined the special operations group. He was assigned to the K9 Division after undergoing national certification and patrolled with his K9, Henk.
A Facebook page has been set up to provide details on Sr. Cpl. Webb’s recovery and can be found at https://www.facebook.com/TJW-5107-Strong-105919331389971. According to the page, his status was upgraded and he was “starting to eat.”