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UPDATE: Three Men Charged After Smyrna Assault

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19-year-old Larry Wheeler Jr., of Smyrna 19-year-old Larry Wheeler Jr., of Smyrna
36-year-old Alexander Brothers, of Smyrna 36-year-old Alexander Brothers, of Smyrna
22-year-old Eric Sartin Jr., of Smyrna 22-year-old Eric Sartin Jr., of Smyrna

SMYRNA, Del. - Three Smyrna men have been arrested in connection to two reportedly related assaults in Smyrna, that apparently ended in gunshots.

Smyrna Police say on Wednesday, around 7:25 AM, they received a call about an assault that happened an hour earlier on West Commerce Street. An investigation showed that three men got into a physical fight, after an illegal drug transaction went bad. Police say two men, along with 19-year-old Larry Wheeler Jr., and another individual went to the home, to confront 36-year-old Alexander Brothers.

According to the report, Brothers swung at Wheeler with a baseball bat, then smashed out the window of Wheelers mother's vehicle, before hitting Wheeler twice with the bat. Police say Wheeler then pulled out a knife, and cut Brothers several times. Both Wheeler and Brothers were arrested and charged with assault 2nd degree and other related offenses.

While Officers were still investigating this indent, Police say they received another call, around 1:20 PM, about shots fired on Commerce Street. Once on scene, Officers reportedly met with the male victim, who had apparently just been involved in an altercation with Wheeler, 22-year-old Eric Sartin Jr., and possibly two other suspects.

Police say the men went back to the house to confront the victim about the earlier assault, when a verbal altercation ensued, and the suspects left in a vehicle. According to Officials, as the men were leaving three shots were fired at the victim from the moving vehicle. The victim was reportedly not injured during the ordeal.

Police were apparently able to recover shell casings and the firearm used in the assault. Both Wheeler and Sartin were arrested on Savannah Drive, in Smyrna. Interviews with the victim, witnesses, and the suspects lead Police to discover that Wheeler was the one who fired the gun at the victim.

Wheeler was charged with reckless endangering 1st degree and conspiracy 2nd degree. Sartin was charged with conspiracy 2nd degree. Wheeler is being held at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center on $9,000 bail, while Sartin and Brothers were both released on bail.

Police say they are still working to identify the other suspects involved in these crimes.

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