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New Castle Man Arrested for Attempted Murder- New Castle

Date Posted: Tuesday, January 11th, 2022

New Castle- Delaware State Police arrested Ezekiel Tamba, 23, of New Castle, for attempted murder and related charges following an incident Monday morning.

On January 10, 2022, at approximately 11:46 a.m., troopers were dispatched to a shooting in the Walmart parking lot located at 117 Wilton Blvd. New Castle. Upon arrival troopers observed a gray 2019 Dodge Caravan in the parking lot with front end damage as well as multiple bullet holes to the front windshield. Investigation determined a 29-year-old victim of Bear, DE, was sitting inside of his vehicle when an unknown subject approached the driver’s side door and asked for money. When the victim advised the suspect that he didn’t have any, the suspect displayed a handgun and began firing rounds. The victim was struck multiple times and was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for injuries to the head and neck.

Through investigative means, troopers identified the suspect as Ezekiel Tamba. Later that evening on January 10, 2022, Tamba responded to Troop 2, where he was questioned by detectives. Upon detectives taking Tamba into custody, he resisted and a brief struggle ensued. Subsequently, Tamba was then charged with the following crimes:

  • Attempted First Degree Murder (Felony)
  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
  • Resisting Arrest with Force (Felony)

Tamba was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #11 and committed to Howard R. Young Correctional Institution on a $330,000.00 cash bond.

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