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Troopers Arrest Lincoln Man For Attempted Murder-Lincoln

Date Posted: Tuesday, December 25th, 2018

Lincoln- The Delaware State Police have arrested a Lincoln man after a domestic led to him shooting his girlfriend.

The incident occurred on Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at approximately 7:39 a.m., when Troopers were dispatched to the 19000 block of Pine Street in reference to a shooting.  Upon arrival, Troopers made contact with a 37-year-old female who sustained a single gunshot wound to her upper torso.  Further investigation revealed that the victim and her boyfriend, 40-year-old Javaghn D. Waples, had engaged in a verbal altercation.  The alteration led to Waples obtaining a gun and firing a single shot at the victim and subsequently striking himself in his upper extremity.  During this incident, two minors ages 15 and 12 were present in the residence.

Both the victim and Waples were transported to the Milford Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Upon Waples release from the hospital, he was transported to Troop 4 where he was charged with the following:

  • Attempt to Commit Murder First Degree
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon During the Commission of a Felony
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited
  • Terroristic Threatening
  • Endangering the Welfare of a Child (2 counts)

Waples was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to the Sussex Correctional Institution on $1,006,600.000 cash only bond.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

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