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Man Arrested on Gun Charges After Fight at Royal Farms

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Incident Number: 50-22-15938

Date/Time:  Thursday, May 26th, 2022 at 6:52 p.m.

Location: Royal Farms, 293 Saulsbury Road, Dover, DE

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


The Dover Police Department arrested Marquise Bennett (25) on gun charges on Thursday evening. Officers responded to the parking lot of Royal Farms located at 293 Saulsbury Road for a report of an altercation where a male subject (Bennett) was in possession of a gun. Officers arrived and observed Bennett and a 32-year-old male subject engaged in a physical altercation inside the vestibule of the business. When the men were confronted by the officers, the 32-year-old male threw a 9mm handgun to the ground. Both men were detained without incident at that time.

The investigation into the incident revealed that Bennett and the other male subject were involved in a verbal argument inside of the business. When the male subject exited the store, Bennett followed and brandished a 9mm handgun which was inside of a satchel he was carrying. A physical struggle ensured over control of the gun, causing it to discharge once, and ending in the business’ vestibule. Officers located the handgun, a spent shell casing, and Bennett’s satchel that also contained 19.5 grams of marijuana.

Bennett was committed to SCI on a $79,100 secured bond on the following offenses:
-Possession of Firearm During Commission of Felony
-Possession of Firearm by Person Prohibited
-Reckless Endangering 1st Degree
-Carry Concealed Deadly Weapon
-Possession of Marijuana (Civil)

Marquise Bennett

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