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Superintendent Colonel Melissa Zebley
Bridgeville, DE- Delaware State Police have identified the female victim who died during a shooting incident on December 22, 2021, as Hilda Donaway, 70, of Bridgeville.
On December 22, 2021, at approximately 6:18 p.m., troopers were dispatched to the 11000 block of Abbys Way, for a reported shooting. The investigation revealed Ronald L. Donaway,74, of Millsboro, responded to the residence which was occupied by his ex-wife, Hilda Donaway and her 23-year-old grandson. While outside, Donaway began shooting with a rifle into the windows of the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. Hilda was struck by gunfire in the kitchen where she died from her wounds. As Donaway was shooting into the residence, the grandson fled out a bedroom window to escape and was uninjured. The suspect then entered the home for a short period of time before fleeing the area in a black Kia. As troopers were responding to the scene, a traffic stop was conducted on Donaway’s vehicle at the entrance of the community and he was taken into custody without incident.
This incident remains under investigation by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. Anyone with information to assist with the investigation is asked to contact Det. Mark Csapo by calling 302-741-2729 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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