While troopers were searching for a burglary suspect around noon on Saturday, police say a trooper responding to the burglary spotted the suspect fleeing on a bicycle.
The trooper, police say, was driving a fully marked 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe that was headed north on Fisher Road approaching Lewes-Georgetown Highway when he spotted the suspect on bike.
According to police, the trooper turned around and activated his emergency lights and siren in an effort to get the man to stop. But the suspect refused and continued to travel south on Fisher Road. The suspect, police said, ignored numerous verbal commands and continued to flee. As the pursuit continued, the trooper’s SUV collided with the suspect’s bike.
Police say the suspect, a 32-year-old white man, was taken to Beebe Medical Center by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.
The trooper, properly restrained at the time, was not injured. The 28-year-old trooper has been employed by the Delaware State Police for four years and is assigned to Troop 7 patrol in Lewes. He has been placed on administrative leave per policy, pending the outcome of the investigation.
This crash remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.
Fisher Road south of Lewes-Georgetown Highway south of Milton was closed in the area of the crash for about four hours as the crash was investigated and cleared.