NEW CASTLE COUNTY, Del. – The man killed by a New Castle County police officer on Wednesday was wanted for attempted murder. Authorities say he pointed a gun at the officer who shot him during their encounter, reported delawareonline.com.
The county’s special investigation squad sought to arrest Keith Price (pictured), a 21-year-old from Wilmington. Detectives were looking for him since he was the suspect in an April 9 shooting on Lambson Lane near New Castle.
Police had an arrest warrant charging Price with attempted murder, according to Officer First Class JP Piser, a spokesman for the New Castle County Police.
Detectives found him driving through Wilmington alone in a green Honda Civic. The plainclothes investigators called for marked county police vehicles to assist with stopping his vehicle. Piser indicated officers exited their vehicles and attempted to arrest Price.
“Keith Price refused to comply with officers’ commands and instead drove his vehicle towards the officers,” Piser said.
An officer fired his weapon at Price, who then crashed his car into a marked police unit and drove away from the scene, Piser said. This led to a vehicle pursuit that terminated when Price crashed his Civic into uninvolved motorists on Philadelphia Pike at Washington Street Extension in Bellefonte.
The other drivers reported no injuries, Piser said.
Price fled the collision scene on foot. One of the officer’s gave chase. Price hid inside bushes next to a church hoping to evade capture. However, he apparently reappeared pointing a gun at the officer chasing him. As a result, that officer shot him, according to Piser. Police recovered the weapon.
“Keith Price was provided emergency medical attention and was pronounced dead at the scene,” Piser said.
The officers involved— an 18-year veteran and a three-year veteran — were taken to a hospital for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Both were released Wednesday night.
(Photo: Delaware Department of Justice)