Delmar police officer Cpl. Keith Heacook declared clinically deceased
DELMAR, Del. – Delmar Police Department’s Corporal Keith Heacook, the officer injured in a vicious attack early Sunday, has been declared clinically deceased by health officials in Baltimore. Cpl. Heacook, a 22 year veteran, was one of the three victims involved in a brutal attack in Delmar on Sunday. Police say he was severely beaten by 30-year-old Randon Wilkerson, while responding to a domestic incident. Cpl. Heacook was taken to Shock Trauma in Baltimore with significant head injuries.
Wednesday night, black banners were hung over the Delmar Police Department and the cruiser of Cpl. Heacook before a press conference. Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings upgraded charges. Wilkerson is now facing the possibility of going away for murder. “He will be held accountable for his heinous crimes against Coporal Heacook, against the elderly couple he viciously attacked, and against Delmar and our entire state,” said Attorney General Jennings.
Delmar Police Chief Ivan Barkley also shared that as Cpl. Heacook remained on life support, his family made the decision to bring hope to others with the corporal’s ultimate sacrifice. “I need you to know that even with his sacrifice, he’s still a hero for someone. His family have graciously decided to donate his organs,” said Chief Barkley.
Wednesday afternoon’s news summed up by Chief Barkley into nine words. “Our community, my department, his family – we all mourn,” said Chief Barkley.
Chief Barkley says no funeral arrangements have been made for Cpl. Heacook yet. The chief says those details will be announced in the coming days. Meanwhile, Delaware State Police says the elderly couple who were also victims in the attack are back home and resting.