UPDATE: Milford Officer Wounded, Shooter Identified in Rehoboth Area Incident

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UPDATED – 12/15/20 4:25pm – The shooting suspect who was killed in a shootout with US Marshals has been identified as 37 year old Evelio Rivera of Reading, Pennsylvania. He shot a Milford Police officer assigned to the First State Violent Fugitive Taskforce in the parking lot of the Econo Lodge near Rehoboth Beach last Thursday. Rivera was killed during the incident and pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation remains active. Anyone with information – contact State Police or Crime Stoppers.

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UPDATED – 12/11/20 2:45pm – Delaware State Police continue to investigate a shooting in the area of the Econo Lodge on Coastal Highway near Rehoboth Beach just before 8 Thursday night. State Police say that a 38 year old Milford Police officer, who is a part of the First State Violent Fugitive Taskforce, is hospitalized in critical but stable after Thursday night’s shooting – he was wounded during a US Marshals Service operation. The Marshals Fugitive Task Force had located a 37 year old attempted murder suspect from Reading, Pennsylvania and as they moved to arrest him the suspect opened fire. The suspect was also shot and pronounced dead at the scene – a handgun was recovered from the scene.

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UPDATED – 12/11/20 1:15pm – Delaware State Police continue to investigate a shooting in the area of the Econo Lodge on Coastal Highway near Rehoboth Beach just before 8 Thursday night. Attorney General Kathy Jennings says that a Milford Police officer is hospitalized after Thursday night’s shooting – he was wounded during a US Marshals Service operation. The Marshals Fugitive Task Force located an attempted murder suspect from Pennsylvania and as they moved to arrest him the suspect opened fire. The suspect was killed.

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UPDATED – 12/11/20 7:30am – WGMD has learned that during an apparent exchange of gunfire, a Milford Police officer assigned to the U.S Marshal’s Task Force was shot in the face, arm, hand and leg.

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UPDATED – 11:20pm – A police operation in the area of the Cracker Barrel near Rehoboth Beach resulted in a shooting incident just before 8pm. WGMD has learned that a law enforcement officer was injured and has been taken to Christiana Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The shooter was fatally wounded.

“Delaware State Police received report of shots fired coming from the Econo Lodge parking lot located at 19,540 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach. Delaware State Police and surrounding police agencies responded to the scene to assist with the incident,” Delaware State Police Master Corporal Heather Pepper said late Thursday night. “At this time, I can confirm Delaware State Police is the lead agency investigating this shooting incident. This investigation is active and ongoing.”

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The Delaware State Police are currently conducting an investigation in the 19000 block of Coastal Highway, in regard to an incident that was reported at approximately 7:47 p.m., Thursday, December 10, 2020. The incident was contained to this specific location and at this time the area is secure and there is no threat to public safety.

There will continue to be an increased police presence as the investigation continues. There are no road closures at this time.

Further details regarding the incident will be released as they become available.