Sergeant Paul Shavack


DSP News Release: Detectives Probe Robbery with Shots Fired


Location: Fairways Inn, 4167 S. DuPont Parkway, Smyrna, DE


Date of Occurrence:  Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 2:00 a.m.


Suspects:  Five black males with white hoods covering their heads. No further description is available. All were armed with handguns.




-52 year old Dover, DE man

-22 year old Dover, DE female

-31 year old Smyrna, DE male



Smyrna- Delaware State Police detectives are currently investigating the robbery of the Fairways Inn in which numerous shots were fired that occurred early this morning.


The incident happened at approximately 2:00 a.m. this morning as a 52 year old male victim was exciting the Fairways Inn located in the 4100 block of S. DuPont Parkway in Smyrna, after closing up for the night. As the victim, who was carrying the night’s proceeds from the business, was walking to his car parked in the lot, he was confronted by a male suspect who began firing a gun at him. The victim dropped the money that he was carrying and ran for cover behind several parked cars in the lot. The victim, who was also armed, produced his own handgun and began shooting back at the male suspect. It was then that four other male suspects, all with hoods covering their heads, also began shooting at the victim. As this was occurring the first suspect picked up the money that the victim had dropped. All five suspects then fled on foot and were last seen running northbound on Rt. 13.


It was learned that a projectile fired by one of the suspects had struck a vehicle in the parking lot that was occupied by a 22 year old Dover female and a 31 year old Smyrna male. They were not injured, however. The 52 year old male victim was also not injured. 

The investigation into this incident is on-going at this time.


Anyone who may have any information in reference to this incident is asked to contact Detective Jackson at Troop 3 at 302-697-4454. Citizens may also provide a tip by texting keyword “DSP” plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES).  Tipsters may also provide information through lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Callers can also submit information via the internet at



Released Saturday, July 23, 2011 at 1:35 p.m.


Last Updated: Monday, 25-Jul-2011 15:04:56 EDT
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