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Wilmington, DE - Man Dead, Woman Injured in Police Shooting Outside 7-Eleven in Richardson Park

Wilmington, DE - Man Dead, Woman Injured in Police Shooting Outside 7-Eleven in Richardson Park
Published: March 8, 2023
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on March 8, 2023

Police Fatally Shoot One, Wound Another During Drug Investigation

According to NBC Philadelphia, a shooting occurred Monday March 6, 2023 at a 7-Eleven located at 298 S Maryland Ave, Wilmington, DE 19804. Tragically a police officer shot and killed a 22-year-old man and injured a 21-year-old woman.

New Castle County Police said they were conducting a drug investigation involving Andrew Edelmann near the 7-Eleven at Maryland and East Reamer avenues in the Richardson Park section of Wilmington around 7:40 p.m. Officers located Edelmann inside his vehicle, a Hyundai Santa Fe, in the parking lot of the 7-11 convenience store. Police said that Edelmann ignored their commands to surrender and, in an attempt to evade apprehension, he accelerated his vehicle and drove in the direction of officers. An officer nearby then opened fire, striking Edelmann and the 21-year-old woman riding in his SUV.

Edelmann and the woman were both taken to the Christiana Medical Center, where he later died. The officer who opened fire is a 10-year veteran of the force and has been placed on administrative leave, which is the policy of the police department.

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Seeking Justice For Wrongful Death Police Shootings

Attorney contributor Emeka Igwe helps victims and the surviving family of victims file police shooting lawsuits in Delaware. During a recent discussion, Emeka discussed the legal options available for the victims and surviving families of wrongful death police shooting victims.

Law enforcement officers must abide by laws that protect individuals from abuse, including the excessive use of force. In cases where an officer uses deadly force with a firearm, it may be a violation of the victim's civil rights. An investigation is conducted to judge whether the officer had reasonable suspicion that the suspect was armed and dangerous. Factors that are taken into consideration include the severity of the crime the suspect is believed to be committing, whether the suspect poses an immediate threat to the officers or other people, and so on. If an officer fails to follow policies that result in the wrongful death of a victim, they may be held liable.

Shooting victims or the relatives of a victim of a police shooting can learn more about their rights by speaking with an experienced attorney. They will be able to inform them if any of their rights have been violated and if filing a civil suit is the best course of action to seek justice and compensation.


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