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*Update- Suspect Arrested* Delaware State Police Investigating Homicide – Dover


Date Posted: Sunday, January 17th, 2021

Dover– The Delaware State Police have arrested 21-year-old Deon’te Reaves of Middle River, MD, in connection with a homicide that occurred on October 2, 2020.

The investigation began on October 2, 2020, at approximately 7:03 p.m., when the Delaware State Police responded to the 200 block of David Hall Road for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, troopers located a 21-year-old male from Dover deceased in a vehicle from an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body. Preliminary investigations revealed a physical altercation between the victim and an unknown suspect occurred before the victim was shot. After the conflict, the suspect fled the scene. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by Emergency Medical Services.

Through investigative measures, detectives were able to identify Deon’te Reaves as the suspect. On January 15, 2020, Reaves was charged with the following crimes:

  • Murder 1st Degree (felony)
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (felony)

Reaves was extradited from Baltimore, MD, to Delaware State Police Troop 2 where he was processed and arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 2. Reaves was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on $1,060,000 cash bond.

Click on link for original release:*UPDATE* Delaware State Police Investigating Homicide Investigation- Dover

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Released: 011721 0915

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