Man charged in Delaware officer's murder

One suspect remains on the loose
September 3, 2009 11:00:48 AM PDT
Delaware State Police say they have two suspects in custody and are searching for a third after two Georgetown police officers were shot and one of them has died.Spokesman Cpl. Bruce Harris says Patrolman Chad Spicer died of the wounds he received Tuesday.

Cpl. Shawn Brittingham was injured by a fragment of the bullet that killed Spicer. He was treated and released from the hospital.

The officers responded to a report of shots fired at a fast-food restaurant and chased a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle until the suspects got out and fled on foot.

Police say Spicer was shot before he could get out of the cruiser and Brittingham received a nonlethal injury to the neck as he got out.

Delaware State Police have charged Derrick J. Powell, 22, of Cumberland, Maryland with Murder 1st degree, Burglary 2nd degree, Reckless Endangering 1st degree, and Resisting Arrest.

Police believe Powell is the person who fired the shots.

After the shooting, police say Powell made his way to the home of Mayanne Jefferson, a few blocks away.

She said he asked to use her phone and for some water. Police say Powell then pushed his way in through the back door, saying he wanted to call a taxi.

Alarmed, Jefferson left the house and went out to her front porch to call police, saying "There's a gentlemen in my house who's not supposed to be in there."

Soon, police were on the scene.

"Next thing I knew I was on the ground and they were in the house," Jefferson said. Police had pulled her out of the way while officers went to arrest Powell.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 20-year-old Christopher L. Reeves of Lincoln, Delaware, who remains on the loose. Reeves is the driver of the Chrysler Sebring involved in the investigation and should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you have any information as to Reeves' whereabouts you are urged to contact police.

Officer Spicer is survived by his parents Norman and Ruth Ann Spicer of Georgetown, and a three year old daughter, Aubrey.

Spicer's sister, Lisa Etienne, said her family "lost an angel."

"Everybody in town loved him," she said.

A trust fund has been established for Spicer's daughter and contributions can be directed to:

Aubrey Spicer Trust
c/o Norman E. Spicer
Wilmington Trust Bank
139 S. State Street
Dover, DE 19901

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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