State Police Detectives Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting

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The Delaware State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Greenwood last night.

On November 28, 2023, at approximately 9:27 p.m., members of the Kent County Governor’s Task Force and Probation and Parole located 27-year-old Brian Holben of Greenwood, Delaware, operating a Jeep Cherokee in the parking lot of 4937 Hickman Road in Greenwood. Holben is a known fugitive with multiple warrants for his arrest. After detectives initiated a traffic stop on the Jeep, Holben attempted to flee by using his Jeep to push two State Police vehicles out of the way. Detectives then attempted to remove Holben from the Jeep, but he pointed a handgun at a detective and fired. Detectives returned fire at Holben before he fled on foot into a wooded area and, at this time, he has not been located. No one was injured as a result of this incident.

The investigation is still active and attempts to locate Holben are ongoing.  If you come across Holben, please stay away from him, as he is considered to be armed and dangerous. We urge the public to call 9-1-1 immediately if he is located. Holben is wanted for the following crimes.

  • Attempted Murder 1st (Felony)
  • Reckless Endangering 1st (Felony) – 2 counts
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony)

As per Delaware State Police standard operating procedures, the troopers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave. An investigation will be conducted regarding the use of force.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit are still actively investigating this incident and are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective B. McDerby by calling 302-741-2821. Information may also be provided by sending a private Facebook message to the Delaware State Police or contacting Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.

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