*Update – Suspect Arrested* Detectives Conducting Death Investigation in Frankford

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Delaware State Police arrested 38-year-old Jeremiah Handy, of Frankford, Delaware, for murder and other related charges following a death investigation that occurred in Frankford last Friday.

On November 24, 2023, at approximately 1:10 a.m., troopers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of a residence on the 30200 block of Frankford School Road in Frankford. Upon arriving, troopers discovered that 22-year-old Gabriel Dorman and a 20-year-old man were riding a Honda four-wheeler on Frankford School Road when it was struck by a Mercedes-Benz SUV. As a result, the two men were thrown from the four-wheeler and came to rest in the roadway with life-threatening injuries. Dorman was pronounced dead at the scene. The 20-year-old victim remains admitted at an area hospital for injuries sustained from the crash.

In the ensuing investigation, the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit determined the initial report of shots fired at the residence was unfounded and identified Jeremiah Handy as the suspect and sole occupant of the SUV. Subsequently, detectives obtained warrants for Handy’s arrest.

On December 1, 2023, Homicide Detectives and members of the Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (S.O.R.T.) apprehended Handy at his residence without incident. He was taken to Troop 4, where he was charged with the following crimes:

  • Murder First Degree (Felony)
  • Attempted to Commit Murder First Degree (Felony)
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony (Felony) – 2 counts

Handy was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $850,000 cash bond.

The Homicide Unit continues to investigate this incident. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective A. Bluto by calling 302-741-2859. 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.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and need assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit / Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline at 1-800-VICTIM-1 (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at [email protected].


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