UPDATE (Arrest Made) Dover Juvenile Injured in Spruance Road Shooting

The Dover Police Department has arrested Khalil Smith, 19, of Dover, for his involvement in the Spruance Road shooting that left a 17-year-old male injured in May of 2023. (See original release below) Through the investigation into this incident, the Criminal Investigations Unit, in collaboration with the Drugs, Vice and Organized Crime Unit, identified Smith as a suspect. On October 30th, 2023 Detectives obtained warrants for Smith who was currently being held at SCI on unrelated charges. 

Smith was arraigned at SCI where he was held on $75,500 cash bail on the following charges:

-Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
-Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition by a Person Prohibited (2x)
-Reckless Endangering First Degree (2x)
-Assault Second Degree
-Wearing a Disguise During the Commission of a Felony
-Conspiracy Second Degree
-Criminal Mischief

Khalil Smith
Dover, DE

**Original Release**

Incident Number:50-23-14368

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 2:33 a.m.

Location: 100 Block of Spruance Road, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us

Narrative: The Dover Police Department is investigating the shooting of a 17-year-old white male of Dover that occurred early Tuesday morning. The investigation began when Dover Police responded to the 100 block of Spruance Road for a shooting. Officers responded, and upon arrival located the 17-year-old victim, who had been shot in his upper body. Officers immediately rendered aid and the victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. The ensuing investigation revealed that a vehicle was also struck by gunfire during this incident. No other injuries were reported. There are no leads at this time.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302) 736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous. Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com ; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Dover Police Victim Services Unit is available to provide help and guidance.  You can contact the Victim Services Unit at 302-736-7134 or by email at: Diane.Glenn@cj.state.de.us

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