Central Delaware
Police: Dover man pointed assault rifle at officer
Jamar J. West (Dover Police Department photo)

DOVER – A 26-year-old Dover man pointed an assault rifle at city police officer passing by in a patrol vehicle early Friday morning and appeared ready to shoot, authorities said.

The Dover officer was pursuing a report of shots fired at 2:40 a.m. in the area of South Queen and West Reed streets, Lt. Eric Richardson said, and never saw suspect Jamar J. West when driving by.

Mr. West fled the scene with the .22 caliber rifle and was apprehended at approximately 11 a.m. by Dover Police Department’s Special Operation Response team at his residence at 7 President Drive. A loaded .22 caliber rifle was found, police said.

On Friday afternoon, he was being questioned by authorities and had not yet made an appearance at JP Court, Lt. Richardson said.

Police said Mr. West was identified as a suspect though downtown surveillance video cameras that captured the sequence.

Investigation also found that Mr. West was driving a vehicle with a passenger in downtown Dover when shots from two weapons were fired at the car. Mr. West exited the car and ran to the corner of West Reed Street in what police described as an apparent attempt to retaliate, as a Dover patrol car drove by.

The officer never saw Mr. West, Lt. Richardson said.

“The officer was unaware that Mr. West was nearby and he was pursuing another suspect,” Lt. Richardson said. “After observing the video it appeared that (Mr. West) appeared ready to engage the officer if he stopped.”

Police received a citizen’s call reporting a shots fired complaint, and Mr. West fled on foot as officers arrived. Another person riding with Mr. West, described as a victim, was located in the area of Reed and Kirkwood streets, police said.

Detectives responded to the scene and found that the vehicle occupied by Mr. West and the victim had been hit by a bullet.

Pending charges include aggravated menacing, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by person prohibited.

Investigation continues into who fired the shots in Mr. West’s direction, police said.

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