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Troopers Arrest Dover Man for Attempted Murder-Dover


Date Posted: Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Dover- The Delaware State Police arrested 24-year-old JOSHUA RODRIGUEZ for attempted murder and related chargers after he fired numerous rounds, striking the victim multiple times.

The incident occurred on July 8, 2020, at approximately 3:42 a.m., when Troopers were dispatched to the 100 block of Mast Circle, Dover, in reference to a shooting incident.  Upon arrival, it was discovered that a 28-year-old male victim was outside the residence when he had been shot at multiple times.  Further investigation revealed that Rodriguez and his 26-year-old girlfriend had engaged in a verbal argument.  The argument escalated when the girlfriend’s sister and her sister’s boyfriend attempted to intervene.  During this time Rodriguez verbally threatened the individuals with the use of a firearm.  The 28-year-old male proceeded to step outside when Rodriguez exited the residence and fired six rounds, striking the victim three times.

The victim sustained two gun shot wounds to his lower extremity and one gun shot wound to his upper extremity.  He was transported to a local area hospital in stable condition.

Rodriguez had fled the area on foot prior to police arrival. Later that afternoon, a search warrant was obtained for an apartment in Premier Village Apartments located on Billy Mitchell Lane, Dover.  The Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) located Rodriguez inside the apartment and took him into custody without incident.

Rodriguez was transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with the following:

  •  Attempted to Commit Murder First Degree
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony
  •  Terroristic Threatening (2 counts)

Rodriguez was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court and committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $1062000.00 cash only bond.

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Presented by Public Information Officer, Master Corporal Melissa Jaffe

Released: 070920 0919

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