Police release mugshot of Bridgeville man charged with brutally murdering his ex-wife

Ronald Donaway, 74, Bridgeville, DE – Delaware State Police Dept.

Delaware State Police have released the mugshot of the Bridgeville man charged with the murder of his ex-wife who police say he shot and killed after he fired multiple rounds from a rifle into her home.

According to Delaware State Police, around 6:18 p.m., Wednesday troopers were dispatched to the 11000 block of Abbys Way for reports of a shooting.

The investigation revealed 74-year-old Ronald Donaway showed up at the home, which was occupied at the time by his 70-year-old ex-wife and her 23-year-old grandson.

While outside, Donaway began shooting with a rifle into the windows of the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms.
The 70-year-old woman was struck by gunfire in the kitchen where she died from her wounds.

As Donaway was shooting into the home, the grandson fled out a bedroom window to escape and was uninjured.

Police say Donaway entered the home for a short period of time and then fled the area in a black Kia.

As troopers were responding to the scene, a traffic stop was conducted on Donaway’s vehicle at the entrance of the community and he was taken into custody without incident.

Donaway was charged with Murder First Degree (Felony), Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony), Home Invasion (Felony), and Reckless Endangering First Degree (Felony). He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court #3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of a $900,000.00 cash bond.

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