Arrest made in June barber shop shooting in Dover, suspect released by mistake

DOVER, Del. – Dover Police say a man that was arrested late last week in connection to an early June barber shop shooting was released by mistake.

The original incident happened at 3:10 p.m. on June 1st, at Janaid’s Salon on West Loockerman Street. Police arrived to find a 31-year-old male victim with a single gunshot wound to his shoulder area, and learned that the victim and suspect had gotten into an altercation that led to an exchange of gunfire between the two.

Detectives were able to identify 27-year-old Dion Williams as the suspect, and obtained warrants for his arrest. Williams was arrested on Friday by the U.S. Marshals First State Fugitive Task Force and the Dover Police Department. He was charged with first degree assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, carry concealed deadly weapon, and four counts of reckless endangering. He was committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on an $87,000 cash bond.

That same day, at approximately 9:30 a.m., Dover Police officers transported Williams to the Kent County Court of Common Pleas following his arraignment, due to the fact that he had an active capias out of that court. Williams was then transferred to the custody of the Capitol Police Department.

On Monday, while a Dover Police officer was preparing a press release, it was learned that Williams had been released. It was later learned that his release was due to a communication error by a Dover Police officer once his capias was cleared.

At this time, police say Williams’ whereabouts are unknown. Capitol Police are currently obtaining warrants for Williams for third degree escape.

Officials are asking anyone with information to contact Dover Police at 302-736-7111 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333. Callers may remain anonymous.

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