Killed – Roy D. Rhodes (Milford, DE)


MILFORD, Del.- Delaware State Police say Roy D. Rhodes has died from injuries sustained Saturday in an officer-involved shooting in Milford.

Rhodes, 58, of Milford, had been listed in critical condition at Milford Memorial Hospital since the shooting. He was pronounced dead Monday evening.

DSP on Monday also identified the officer involved as Milford Police Sgt. Robert Young, 39, an 18-year veteran.

Young was placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the DSP investigation into the incident.

The DSP Homicide Unit is investigating at the request of the Milford Police Department.

DSP spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack said Rhodes was driving a Lincoln Town Car at around 4 p.m. Saturday on Milford-Harrington Highway when he nearly caused a crash with another car. The other car avoided a collision, and Rhodes crashed through some bushes and stopped in a driveway.

Shavack said the other driver got out to check on Rhodes, who was holding a knife to his own throat. The driver took the knife from Rhodes, who then allegedly pulled out a handgun. That is when Sgt. Young arrived on the scene.

Shavack said Young repeatedly ordered Rhodes to put down the gun, but he refused. Young then shot Rhodes three times in the upper body and lower extremity, according to Shavack. Both the knife and the handgun were recovered at the scene.


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