WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington police officers are turning to stun guns with increasing frequency, using them nearly every other day last year.
The Wilmington News Journal reports on a department report that shows city officers logged 164 uses of stun guns in 2012. That's twice as many deployments as in 2011. Stun gun use also outpaced the use of other uses of force such as tackling, hand-to-hand combat and other types of "intermediate weapons," such as pepper spray and batons. Police arrested 5,413 people last year.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police say they are investigating the death of a 28-year-old man subdued by Wilmington officers using stun guns after a pursuit.
The driver of a vehicle refused to stop for officers on Sunday night near West 25th and North Madison streets and police say officers pursued him until public safety concerns prompted them to stop.
Minutes later, police say a witness alerted police of a reckless driver and officers encountered a man fleeing the vehicle on Wawaset Street. Police say the man became combative and officers used a stun gun to subdue him.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State Police say three people have died in a courthouse shooting in Delaware.
Delaware State Police Sgt. Paul Shavack confirmed three people died in the shooting Monday morning at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington. He said the suspected gunmen and two women are dead. Shavack said police had not confirmed that one of the women was the shooter's estranged wife, though earlier in the day the city's mayor said that was the case.
Two police officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has issued his second veto this year to reject a measure that would have provided state payments to Wilmington fire and police retirees.
The governor says he recognized that some would be disappointed by the veto, but said payments to individuals could balloon under the program and would not be sensible. The governor added he believes the decision is the city's not the state legislature.