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Superintendent Colonel Nathaniel McQueen Jr.

*Update #4* Suspect Identified in Homicide Investigation-Laurel

Date Posted: Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Laurel-  The Delaware State Police have identified the suspect responsible for the shooting at Carvel Gardens Apartments that claimed the life of an 18-year-old male.

The incident occurred on Monday, July 9, 2018 at approximately 11:44 p.m. when the Laurel Police Department with the assistance of Troop 5 patrol units responded to the area of the 200 building in Carvel Gardens Apartments for a shooting.  Upon arrival, units discovered an 18-year-old male victim from Seaford, on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim was transported by ambulance to the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and later flown to a local area hospital in critical condition where he succumb to his injuries.

Through investigative measures, Troopers identified the suspect as 23-year-old Dwayne A. Dotson of Salisbury MD (no photo available).  A warrant has been obtained for Dotson’s arrest charging him with the following:

  • Murder First Degree
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony

Dotson is currently being held without bail in Accomack County Virginia awaiting extradition back to Delaware.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

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