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New Details in Potnets Creekside Shooting Incident

By: Jonathan Mistrot

TV Delmarva has obtained new details on a shooting incident at Long Neck’s Potnets Creekside development on Friday night. Delaware State Police arrested 31-year-old Michael Bartie after they responded to reports of a domestic in progress. When police arrived just after 8-PM in the 25,000 block of Crab Alley East, they were notified by a female that her boyfriend had been consuming alcohol and locked himself in a bedroom with their 9-month-old child and was armed with a gun and body armor.

The female was able to leave the house on her own and placed in the safety of the responding troopers who had established a perimeter around the house. Negotiations with Bartie began over the phone for him to exit the house, but he continued to be uncooperative, and at one point, threatened there would be a shootout. At approximately 8:58 p.m. Bartie walked outside of his house carrying a flashlight and the rifle, pointing it in the direction of the troopers. Within that time, Bartie fired off one round in the direction of the troopers and then another round was fired by Bartie before a trooper returned fire and struck Bartie in the torso.

At that point, Bartie stopped shooting at the troopers and Delaware State Police Aviation (Trooper 2) was able to observe him lying next to a vehicle in the driveway. Troopers approached Bartie and placed him into custody before allowing EMS to transport him to an area hospital where he was admitted for his non-life-threatening injury. Found in Bartie’s possession or in the immediate area were two firearms, a .223 rifle and a 9mm handgun.

Michael Bartie was formally arraigned bedside at the hospital for the following charges:

Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony

Four counts of Reckless Endangering 1st

He has been remanded to the Delaware Department of Correction in lieu of $600,000.00 cash bond. Currently there is no photo of Bartie.

The trooper, a 5-year-veteran assigned to Troop 7 in Lewes, has been placed on administrative duty per divisional policy. No troopers or members of the public were injured during this incident.

The 9-month-old child was unharmed and was safely returned to his mother.

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