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New Details On Officer Involved Shooting in Lewes

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LEWES, Del. - Delaware State Police have released identity of the man injured in the officer involved shooting.  42 year-old Keith Schueller, of Rehoboth, was spotted driving a Jeep Cherokee on Postal Lane, Tuesday afternoon.  Police say he had active warrants issued by the Delaware State Police on felony and misdemeanor theft charges, and is also a suspect in numerous burglaries that have occurred in Sussex County.

Police reports say the Trooper, in a fully marked patrol vehicle, activated the car's sirens in an attempt to conduct a vehicle stop.  Schueller ignored the officer and fled into the Sandy Brae development, traveling through several yards of houses trying to escape the Trooper.  The Jeep re-entered Postal Lane near the Plantations Road intersection.  Schueller's jeep then drove through a stop sign, hitting a Chevrolet Silverado being driven by a 70 year-old man, who police say was not injured.

After the collision, Schueller reportedly left his car and fled on foot through a cornfield.  The Trooper exited his vehicle and was joined by a second Trooper, and began to chase the suspect.  The second Trooper deployed a taser, but Schueller kept running.  Schueller ran behind a home on the 19000 block of Plantations Road.  The Trooper chased the suspect to the corner of a barn behind the residence.  Keith Schueller armed himself with a garden shovel, and police say he raised it in a threatening manner, swinging it at the Trooper.  The Trooper shot Schueller once in the upper body.

Keith Schueller was initially taken to BeeBe Medical Center and later transferred to Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he was admitted in critical condition.

The Trooper involved in this incident was not injured.

The Trooper involved in this incident is a 3 year veteran of the Delaware State Police.  He has been placed on administrative leave as part of police policy, pending the outcome of the investigation.

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