UPDATE (SUSPECT ARRESTED) Dover Police Investigate Officer Involved Shooting On Sussex Avenue

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UPDATE – July 17th, 2023 –  The Dover Police Department has arrested Tyrone Kersey, 37, of Dover, for weapons and related charges stemming from the shooting on June 11th, 2023 on Sussex Avenue.

Detectives have determined that after the initial call for trespassing, Kersey engaged in a verbal argument with a 32-year-old female of Dover.  Prior to police arrival, the dispute turned physical when Kersey pushed her to the ground.

As police arrived on the scene, Kersey produced a handgun and began shouting at Officers.  Kersey refused to follow police commands to put the firearm down and get on the ground.

Instead, Kersey fired one shot from his firearm into a parked vehicle that was now occupied by the 32-year-old female and a 1-year-old child.  Kersey then pulled the female from the vehicle while she was holding the child in her arms.  Kersey continued to refuse commands from Officers and began pulling the victims toward a residence.  During this movement, and due to the escalating threat to everyone present, Kersey was shot by police.

Kersey was treated on scene, transported to Bayhealth Kent Campus, and was later transferred to the Christiana Health System.

Kersey was arraigned and transferred to Department of Corrections Custody on $99,500 cash bail on the following charges:

-Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony

-Aggravated Menacing

-Reckless Endangering First Degree (2x)

-Resisting Arrest with Force or Violence

-Endangering the Welfare of a Child

-Offensive Touching

The Dover Police Department will continue to investigate this incident in coordination with the Delaware Department of Justice – Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust.

Tyrone Kersey
Dover, DE


Incident Number: 50-23-18550

Date/Time: Sunday, June 11th, 2023 at 8:37 p.m.

Location: 400 Block of Sussex Ave, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: [email protected]


The Dover Police Department is investigating an Officer-involved shooting that occurred on the 400 block of Sussex Avenue.  Shortly after 8:37 p.m., on Sunday, June 11, 2023, the Dover Police Department Emergency Communications Center dispatched Officers to a trespassing complaint where it was reported that a female was refusing to leave a residence.  First arriving Officers observed a disturbance between an adult female and an adult male, in the middle of the block, in proximity to the dispatched address.  The male was in possession of a handgun and discharged the weapon in the presence of police.  The suspect, a 37 year old Dover resident, did not comply with officer commands following the weapons discharge. 

In the rapidly evolving incident, in response to an imminent threat to life, the suspect was shot by police.  Officers immediately rendered aid to the suspect and called for emergency medical assistance.  The suspect was transported to Bay Health Kent Campus, in serious condition, for further treatment of his injury.  A handgun was recovered from the ground directly next to where the suspect was located.  Additional responding units were able to determine that there were no other victims and no additional threat to public safety.

The Officer involved in the shooting is a 2 ½ year veteran of the Dover Police Department and is a member of the Patrol Division.  Consistent with standard policy for all officer-involved shootings, the Officer has been placed on administrative leave, with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.  The Dover Police Department will continue to investigate this incident in coordination with the Delaware Department of Justice – Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust and will provide additional details as they become available.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302) 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com 

Media should direct questions to M/Cpl Ryan Schmid via email at [email protected]

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Dover Police Victim Services Unit is available to provide help and guidance.  You can contact the Victim Services Unit at 302-736-7134 or by email at: [email protected]

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