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Arrest Made in August 11th Shooting on New Street 9-9-2019


On Friday, September 6th, 2019 at approximately 8:30PM, officers observed Zion Saunders (18) in the area of S. New Street and Reed Street.  Saunders had been identified as a suspect in the August 11th shooting on S. New Street and was wanted by the Dover Police Department.  Officers attempted to stop Saunders, who fled in a vehicle.  During the pursuit, assisting officers were able to successfully deploy stop sticks which deflated the tires to the vehicle that Saunders was operating.  Once Saunders was stopped, he continued to physically resist officers as they took him into custody.

Saunders was issued an O.R. Bond on the following charges stemming from the pursuit and arrest:
-Disregard Police Officer Signal
-Resisting Arrest
-Disorderly Conduct
-Several Traffic Offenses

Saunders was committed to SCI in default of $26,100 cash bond on the following charges in connection with the August 11th shooting incident:
-Assault 2nd Degree
-Possession of Firearm/Ammo by Person Prohibited (2x)
-Reckless Endangering (12x)
-Criminal Mischief (2x)

Zion Saunders
Wilmington, DE
Ae: 18
















Incident/Complaint#:  50-19-25373

Date/Time:  Sunday, August 11th, 2019 at 2:45AM

Location: Unit Block of S. New Street, Dover, DE

Officer Releasing Information:   M/Cpl. Mark Hoffman, Public Information Officer


The Dover Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred early Sunday morning that left a 26-year-old female with a minor injury.  At approximately 2:45AM on August 11th, officers responded to the Unit Block of S. New Street for a report of several shots fired.  Arriving officers learned that the female victim suffered a graze wound to her lower body.  The victim was treated at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital and released.  

Officers discovered several shell casings at the scene and that at least two houses were struck by gunfire. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7130. Callers may remain anonymous.  Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delawarecrimestoppers.com; a cash reward of up to $1,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest.