Funeral for Del. cop killed on duty

GEORGETOWN, Del. - September 8, 2009 Hundreds of police officers filed into a church to say farewell to Patrolman Chad Spicer.

The 29-year-old officer's life was cut short last week after he and his partner stopped a suspect in another shooting.

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 Cpl. Shawn Brittingham received a nonlethal injury to the neck as he got out.

Spicer was a special friend to his father and a king to his three-year-old princess, daughter Aubrey who he raised alone.

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

Donations can also be made at any Wilmington Trust Branch.

Also on Thursday Sept 17th, the three Red Robin Restaurants in New Castle Co. Delaware will hold a fundraiser donating 15% of profits made between 5pm and 8pm, to a trust fund for Officer Spicer's daughter Audrey.

Anyone wishing to participate can pick up a flyer at any Red Robin location from today through the 17th. Present the flyer when ordering. It will be attached to the receipt so the restaurant can track the number of people participating.

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.

Christopher Reeves, 20, surrendered to police around 11:15 a.m. Friday.

Police say Reeves was the driver of a car involved in the shooting that left Patrolman Spicer dead.

A third suspect was not charged. Police say he stayed behind to help the dying officer.

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