Police shoot Newark man after dispute

February 21, 2008 9:09:54 AM PST
New Castle County police say two officers shot and wounded an armed Newark man who police say raised his weapon in a threatening way after a domestic dispute.

Police say Angelo Zayas was shot in the upper chest and was taken to Christiana Hospital in critical, but stable, condition.

The shooting occurred shortly before 3 a.m. outside a home on Pepperwood Lane in the Bear area. Police say the officers had gone to the address for a report of an armed, intoxicated man fighting with a woman. The woman fled the home, leaving her three children inside.

According to police, Zayas left the house, saw the officers and retrieved a muzzleloader from his car. He allegedly refused repeated orders to drop the weapon.

The officers are on administrative leave while authorities investigate the shooting.