Central Delaware
Dover man charged in accidental shooting

DOVER — A 23-year-old city man was charged with felony second-degree assault early Sunday morning after accidently shooting a friend with a revolver while “messing” with it, court records said.

It was the first of two accidental shootings that Kent County police investigated in less than 24 hours. Early Monday, Smyrna residents Kareem J. Watson, 21, and John R. Campbell, 28, were charged with marijuana-related drug offenses in connection with a 12:18 a.m. shooting that hospitalized a man with a shoulder wound.

No charges were filed regarding the Smyrna shooting, police said.

In the second case, Dover resident Herrold J. Peace was jailed in default of a $35,000 secured bail that resulted from Dover police investigation into the 4 a.m. incident hospitalized a male victim with a broken tibia bone, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Law enforcement was initially dispatched to Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital at 4:24 a.m. to check on a victim being treated for a gunshot wound, papers said. The victim had suffered a gunshot to his right leg, with the bullet entering his calf and breaking his tibia, records said.

The victim was uncooperative with police, records said, and would not say how he was shot.

Through further investigation, police found that the incident had occurred at an address redacted in court papers. Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Unit went to a residence and saw a Smith and Wesson .357 Revolver laying on a kitchen counter in plain view, the affidavit of probable cause said.

Mr. Peace, who was sitting on a couch, said he had accidently shot the victim, papers said. He was taken into custody and transported to the Dover Police Department.

Under Miranda, Mr. Peace said in a taped interview that he and the victim were “messing” with the revolver when the gun accidently went off in his hands and caused the injury, papers said.

Mr. Peace was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was arraigned at JP Court 7 in Dover, and a preliminary hearing was set for Friday morning in the Kent County Court of Common Pleas.

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