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UPDATE: Suspect and officers identified in Ocean View officer-involved shooting

OCEAN VIEW, Del. - UPDATE: Delaware State Police have identified the suspect as 31-year-old Troy Lee Short of Hurlock, Md. Police say he remains in critical condition at Christiana Hospital.

The Worcester County Sheriff's Office additionally identified the deputy involved in the shooting as Deputy Anthony Rhode, a nine-year veteran with the department. He was uninjured in the incident, officials said.

The Ocean View Police Department says Short rammed a stolen Infiniti SUV into a Ford  police SUV being driven by Officer First Class Nicholas Harrington, a five-year veteran with the Ocean View Police Department.

Officer First Class Harrington was transported to Beebe Healthcare where he was treated and released.

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Delaware State Police are currently investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened Saturday night in Ocean View.

According to police, around 10:13 p.m. on Saturday an officer from the Ocean View Police Department became involved in a vehicle pursuit while assisting Worcester County Sheriff's Office.  

Originally, a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputy observed a vehicle driving in an erratic manner in Ocean City around 8th street. The Deputy attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver, a 31-year-old male from Hurlock, then fled from the Deputy.

Police say the suspect drove to the Berlin area where he crashed the vehicle he was driving and  then allegedly stole a vehicle from that area, driving to Rt. 90 and abandoning it. 

A K-9 track was initiated as the K-9 was directing officers to an area near Rt. 575. From there, officials report at that point the suspect allegedly located another vehicle and took it. That vehicle was abandoned by the suspect on St. Martin’s Neck Road in the area of Light House Sound.

We are told the suspect had allegedly burglarized a home in that neighborhood and stole the occupant’s vehicle.

As the Deputies were approaching the neighborhood, they observed the suspect in a black SUV and attempted to stop him, but the suspect fled from Deputies toward Delaware.

A Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputy located the suspect fleeing and starting to chase him. The chase led to the area of Burbage Road and Pine Grove Road in the Ocean View area of Delaware.

Officials say the suspect found himself on a dead end street and backed his vehicle into a Delaware Law Enforcement Officer’s car, and almost striking the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Deputy’s vehicle.

According to police, the suspect then drove forward into a residential lot where he turned around and then drove directly toward the Deputy and the Delaware officer who were out of their vehicles on foot.

The suspect continued to drive at the Deputy and the Delaware officer as the Deputy and the officer fired multiple rounds at the suspect before the suspect came to a stop.

The suspect was transported to a hospital in serious condition, as we are told he continues to remain there. 

The officer was also transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and released with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The Deputy Sheriff was uninjured in the incident.

The investigation is being conducted by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit as more information will be released as it becomes available.


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