DOVER, Del. - A 16-year-old has been identified, after troopers say he died as a result of his injuries which he sustained during an exchange of gunfire with a Delaware State Police Trooper, in Dover.
Delaware State Police say on Monday, 16-year-old Julian Pitcher, of Smyrna, was identified as the teen who died in a exchange of gunfire with a State Trooper that happened on Saturday.
According to the report, on Saturday, just after 3:10 AM, Pitcher was shot in an exchange of gunfire that happened during a traffic stop, on Fieldstone Court, in Dover. Authorities say as the trooper approached the vehicle, Pitcher displayed a handgun which prompted the exchange of gunfire. The 16-year-old succumbed to his injuries sustained during the incident.
Troopers say the 18-year-old driver of the vehicle sustained a gunshot wound to the led, for which he was treated and released from a local hospital. A 17-year-old back seat passenger was not injured during the incident.
DSP reports that the 35-year-old trooper involved in the incident has been employed by the Delaware State Police for two years, and he is assigned to Troop 3, in Camden.
The trooper was apparently placed on administrative leave per Divisional Policy, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Law enforcement reports that detectives recovered a handgun from the scene.
This incident remains under investigation by DSP, and more details will released as information become available.
Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to call Detective D. Grassi of the DSP Homicide Unit at 302-365-8441 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-847-3333.
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