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Arrest Made in Harrison Drive Shooting that Injured 13-Year-Old


UPDATE (July 20, 2021): William Cooper (33) has been arrested in connection with the July 18th Harrison Drive shooting that wounded a 13-year-old boy.  Cooper was identified as the suspect during the investigation and a warrant was obtained for his arrest on July 18th.  Cooper was located in Maryland and arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  Cooper will be held without bond in Maryland while he awaits extradition to Delaware.

Cooper will be charged with the following offenses:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Assault 2nd Degree
-Reckless Endangering 1st Degree
-Criminal Mischief

William Cooper
Dover, DE

Incident Number: 50-21-21002

Date/Time:  Sunday, July 18th, 2021 at 12:28 a.m.

Location: 1200 Block of Harrison Drive, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Office
Sergeant Mark Hoffman   Email: Mark.Hoffman@cj.state.de.us


The Dover Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Sunday morning that left a 13-year-old male with a minor injury to his back.  The incident occurred when an unknown black male suspect rang a doorbell to a residence in the 1200 Block of Harrison Drive.  When the father answered the door, he observed the male suspect walking away.  The male suspect turned a fired multiple rounds before fleeing the area.  One of the rounds entered the home through an exterior wall, striking the 13-year-old in the back.  The round lost enough momentum as it penetrated the wall to only cause a minor laceration on the victim’s back. The 13-year-old was treated and released for his injury at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the Dover Police Department at (302)736-7111.  Callers may remain anonymous.  Tips may also be submitted to law enforcement through Delaware Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333 or online at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com; a cash reward is possible for information leading to an arrest.