A Delaware police officer was declared useless Wednesday after he suffered important head accidents whereas responding to a combat at a housing subdivision Sunday morning, based on studies.
Delmar Police Corporal Keith Heacook, 54, was nonetheless on life help even after being declared clinically deceased at 12:48 p.m., Delmar Police Chief Ivan Barkley stated in a night information convention.
“I want you to know that even together with his sacrifice, he’s nonetheless a hero for somebody,” Barkley stated. “Corporal Keith Heacook’s household graciously determined to donate his organs.”
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Heacook, a 22-year veteran of the police power, was taken to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Middle in Baltimore after Sunday’s altercation.
Police stated 30-year-old Randon D. Wilkerson of Salisbury attacked Heacook and in addition assaulted a 73-year-old man and a 76-year-old lady residing throughout the road.
A 911 caller reported Wilkerson, a resident of the subdivision, was preventing with different residents and destroying objects inside a house.
A separate 911 name got here moments later from the person throughout the road who reported that he and his spouse had been assaulted.
Wilkerson was dealing with expenses of tried homicide, assault, housebreaking, possession of a lethal weapon whereas committing a felony and terroristic threatening. His expenses now can be upgraded following Heacook’s loss of life.
“He can be held accountable for his heinous crimes towards Cpl. Heacook, towards the aged couple he viciously attacked, and towards Delmar and our whole state,” stated Delaware Lawyer Common Kathy Jennings, confirming Wilkerson can be charged with homicide.
She described Heacook as “a household man, a public servant and a protector of his neighborhood up by means of his remaining days.”
Wilkerson was being held at Sussex Correctional Establishment with bond set at $451,000 money.
Wilkerson was arrested Monday after being noticed on the rear of the property the place Heacook was assaulted.
On-line court docket information present that Wilkerson has a prolonged legal historical past in Maryland. A bench warrant was issued for him in February after he was launched on bond following a December housebreaking and failed to seem for a court docket listening to.
Knowledge from the net information additionally indicated that the Delmar assaults occurred on Wilkerson’s 30th birthday.
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Delaware Gov. John Carney supplied condolences by way of Twitter: “That is heartbreaking information. The Delmar neighborhood and your complete State of Delaware misplaced a public servant at present. Tracey and I are praying for Cpl. Heacook, his household, and all of his fellow regulation enforcement officers.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.