A Delaware police officer was declared lifeless Wednesday after he suffered vital head accidents whereas responding to a struggle at a housing subdivision Sunday morning, in response to 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 mentioned in a night information convention.
“I would like you to know that even together with his sacrifice, he’s nonetheless a hero for somebody,” Barkley mentioned. “Corporal Keith Heacook’s household graciously determined to donate his organs.”
Heacook, a 22-year veteran of the police pressure, was taken to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Middle in Baltimore after Sunday’s altercation.
A 911 caller reported Wilkerson, a resident of the subdivision, was preventing with different residents and destroying gadgets 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 going through fees of tried homicide, assault, housebreaking, possession of a lethal weapon whereas committing a felony and terroristic threatening. His fees now might be upgraded following Heacook’s dying.
“He might be held accountable for his heinous crimes towards Cpl. Heacook, towards the aged couple he viciously attacked, and towards Delmar and our whole state,” mentioned Delaware Lawyer Common Kathy Jennings, confirming Wilkerson might be charged with homicide.
She described Heacook as “a household man, a public servant and a protector of his neighborhood up by 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 courtroom data present that Wilkerson has a prolonged felony 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 courtroom listening to.
Knowledge from the web data additionally indicated that the Delmar assaults occurred on Wilkerson’s 30th birthday.
Delaware Gov. John Carney provided condolences through Twitter: “That is heartbreaking information. The Delmar neighborhood and the complete State of Delaware misplaced a public servant right this moment. 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.