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UPDATE: DE State Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

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MILFORD, Del. - Delaware State Police Detectives say they have been requested by the Milford Police Department to investigate an officer involved shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon, which has left a 58-year-old Milford man dead.

According to reports, the incident occurred on Saturday, December 14th at approximately 4:00 PM as Roy Rhodes, 58, of Milford, was operating a 1998 Lincoln Town Car traveling westbound on Milford Harrington Highway when he crossed into the eastbound lane, into the path of an oncoming vehicle operated by a male driver. The eastbound vehicle was reportedly able to take evasive action and avoid a collision with the Lincoln. The Lincoln reportedly traveled off of the south edge of the roadway through several bushes and came to a stop in a private driveway located in the 600 block of Milford Harrington Highway.

Police say the male operator of the eastbound vehicle turned around and proceeded to exit his vehicle and approach the Lincoln to check on the welfare of Rhodes, who was seated in the driver's seat. Rhodes was allegedly observed holding a knife to his own throat, and the male operator was able to reach through the window, take the knife and disarm Rhodes. Rhodes then reportedly became agitated and combative and produced a handgun from the center console of the Lincoln.

Police say Rhodes then exited his vehicle with the handgun as a Milford Police Department Officer arrived on scene. The Officer, identified as 39-year-old Robert Young, allegedly ordered Rhodes multiple times to put the gun down, at which he did not comply and instead raised the handgun in Young's direction. Officer Young reportedly discharged multiple rounds from his department issued weapon, striking Rhodes three times in the upper body and lower extremity. Reports say both the knife and the handgun were recovered at the scene.

Rhodes was reportedly transported by ambulance to the Milford Memorial Hospital where he was admitted in critical condition. He later died from his injures Monday evening. Active warrants were filed against him. There were no reported injuries to bystanders or Officer Young during this incident.

Robert Young is reportedly an 18 year veteran of the Milford Police Department. Police say he has been placed on administrative duty as departmental policy, pending the outcome of the investigation.

The Delaware State Police Homicide Unit reportedly responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation at the request of the Milford Police Department. Police say this is an active investigation with Detectives continuing their investigation, evidence processing, and interviews.

The 600 block of Milford Harrington Highway between Canterbury Road and Williamsville Road was reportedly closed to traffic for approximately 3 hours while the incident was investigated and processed.

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