Wilmington police identify man shot by officers, charge him with attempted murder
The 51-year-old man who was shot by Wilmington police Thursday night was charged with several counts of attempted murder for driving toward officers as they stood on a sidewalk, police said.
Orrin Daniels was also charged with reckless endangering, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting arrest with force or violence and reckless driving in connection with the incident, which unfolded shortly after 6:15 p.m.
According to police, someone flagged down officers for help with an in-progress domestic dispute in the 3200 block of W. Second St.
When police arrived at the scene, they found Daniels in his car. Officers said they repeatedly told Daniels to stop the car, but he tried to flee, ramming a marked police vehicle and hitting another car.
Police said after hitting the vehicles, Daniels kept fleeing, at one point driving his car "at a high rate of speed" onto a sidewalk where officers were standing. That's when Wilmington officers fired at Daniels, who was hit once, police said.
Richard Smith, president of the NAACP Delaware State Conference of Branches, said witnesses told him a slightly different story of what happened. They told him that Daniels "didn't really try to run (the officers) over" and police shot at him before he fled in the car.
While Smith acknowledged he doesn't know what exactly occurred because he was not there, he said NAACP members "want the truth, may it be against the police or against (Daniels)."
Uncovering the truth, Smith said, is especially important in light of a Tuesday decision by prosecutors to drop a carjacking case against 19-year-old Yahim Harris, who was shot by Wilmington police last year.
Prosecutors dropped the case after a tipster told them about false statements made by the officer who shot Harris. Soon after, Department of Justice attorneys became convinced that Cpl. James MacColl had “such a clear lack of credibility” that they could not use him as a witness in the carjacking case, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
The Justice Department, which had previously said MacColl was justified for the shooting, said it has reopened an investigation into MacColl’s conduct and will then weigh whether criminal charges will be filed.
Police said no officers were injured in Thursday night's shooting. Per departmental policy, the two officers who shot at Daniels have been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of a criminal and internal investigation.
First responders took Daniels to a local hospital on Thursday, where he was listed in stable condition.
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On Friday, police released his name and charges. A Justice of the Peace Court judge sealed Daniels' arrest, meaning the documentation isn't available to the public.
This is the second time this year police in Delaware have shot someone. On Jan. 5, Milford police fatally shot 27-year-old Brandon Roberts, who family members said was having a mental breakdown. Police said he brandished a knife at officers.
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