Delaware State Police Beat / Dirtbag Adam Radcliffe, who dragged trooper with his vehicle at traffic stop, died after being hit by officer’s gunfire

  • The initial investigation reveals a trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop and was subsequently dragged by the suspect vehicle. The trooper fired his divisionally issued firearm at the suspect.

Delaware State Police Beat / Dirtbag Adam Radcliffe, who dragged trooper with his vehicle at traffic stop, died after being hit by officer’s gunfire

Adam Radcliffe took off from a traffic stop, dragging Delaware Trooper until gunfire released the officer and killed Radcliffe. Photo courtesy of DelawareOnline

WILMINGTON, DEL.  – The man who was hit by gunfire from a Delaware State Trooper as the motorist dragged the officer on a highway has died, say police.

The Delaware State Police report that the agency’s Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate a trooper involved shooting that occurred Dec. 15, 2017. The suspect, Adam Radcliffe, 30 of Wilmington, has succumbed to his injuries.

Adam Radcliffe went out in a blaze of gunfire as he dragged Delaware trooper on highway Dec. 15, 2017

The suspect has been identified as Adam Radcliffe, 30, of Wilmington, Delaware. Radcliffe’s girlfriend has established a GoFundMe page to raise money for funeral expenses and makes no mention of the injured trooper that Radcliffe dragged with his car, his injuries or family expenses.

The trooper was injured simply for doing his job and only when he used deadly force, did he keep Radcliffe from killing him.

The following information outlines the preliminary investigation into a trooper involved shooting that occurred west of Wilmington, Delaware. 

The incident occurred on Friday, December 15, 2017, at approximately 4:24 p.m. as a trooper on patrol observed a burgundy Honda strike a pole and was driving erratically on Boxwood Road near Centerville Road, Wilmington.

The suspect vehicle fled from the crash scene and the trooper followed the suspect vehicle which was later seen in the Kirkwood Plaza Shopping Center off of Kirkwood Highway, located at 4365 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington. As the trooper proceeded to make contact with the driver, the suspect vehicle sped off with the trooper attached to the passenger side door dragging him. The vehicle accelerated down the access road for Kirkwood Plaza before turning left onto Farrand Drive.

The Trooper fired his divisionally issued weapon striking the suspect. The suspect vehicle sped off down Farrand Drive into the neighborhood. Troopers began canvassing the area for the suspect and located the burgundy Honda Civic off of Hammond Place at the end of Farrand Drive where it drove through a fence into a small creek.

Troopers removed the sole occupant of the vehicle and performed CPR. Emergency Medical Personnel arrived on scene and transported the Radcliffe to the Christiana Hospital in Wilmington, Del., where he succumbed to his injuries.

According to his Facebook posts, Radcliffe was self-employed as a house painter.

 

The initial investigation reveals a trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop and was subsequently dragged by the suspect vehicle. The trooper fired his divisionally issued firearm at the suspect.

The preliminary investigation has determined the incident occurred on December 15, 2017, at approximately 4:24 p.m. in the area of Farrand Drive and Hammond Place, Wilmington. The initial investigation reveals a trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop and was subsequently dragged by the suspect vehicle. The trooper fired his divisionally issued firearm at the suspect.

The trooper who sustained bodily injuries was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released.

The 37-year-old Trooper involved in this incident has been employed by the Delaware State Police for 11 years and is assigned to Troop 6 patrol, in Prices Corner, DE. He has been placed on administrative leave as per Divisional Policy, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Troopers continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident, with further details to be released as the investigation progresses.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective M. Csapo of the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit by calling 302-741-2729. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware crime stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com

  • The initial investigation reveals a trooper attempted to conduct a traffic stop and was subsequently dragged by the suspect vehicle. The trooper fired his divisionally issued firearm at the suspect.

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