A Delaware State Police trooper shot and killed a 51-year-old Seaford woman Thursday night while conducting an “investigation,” though the department would not say what that was.
State police were dispatched to Danny Drive in Seaford at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday, the agency said.
An hour later, Delaware State Police spokeswoman Heather Pepper issued a news release asking people to avoid the area because of increased police presence.
The incident closed Airport Road, which is the only street Danny Drive, a cul-de-sac, connects to.
Pepper didn’t issue another update until 11 a.m. Friday, almost 15 hours after the initial release. She also gave almost no detail about what occurred.
“During the course of the investigation, an incident occurred which resulted in a Delaware State Trooper firing his divisional-issued weapon and resulted in the death of a 51-year-old Seaford woman,” Pepper said.
Pepper did not say what led to the “incident” or whether the woman who was killed had weapons. Delaware State Police do not wear body cameras.
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When asked why police were first dispatched to Danny Drive, Pepper declined to answer.
Danny Drive was quiet Friday afternoon, the well-kept mobile homes sitting along a quiet, sun-filled street. In the yards, daffodils bloom next to stone cat statues.
A man answering the door at the home of the victim declined to comment, but Wayne Kisela, a neighbor who lives across the street from where the shooting occurred, said he’s known the victim for about 10 years.
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Kisela was in his backyard Friday afternoon. He said the victim “answered the door with a gunshot” when police arrived Thursday night, and police returned fire.
Kisela said he didn’t know why police had been called to the home.
The trooper who shot the woman has been placed on administrative duty, pending the results of an internal investigation conducted by Delaware State Police, and another by the Delaware Department of Justice, according to the news release.
The investigations often take months to complete.