Man dead after shots fired in 2 police encounters identified

New Castle County police in DE identified the man in a statement Friday as 28-year-old Leroy Brown of Philadelphia.

A man involved in a police shooting Wednesday in Philadelphia died in Delaware later that day after being shot by a Philadelphia Police office and fleeing to Delaware, according to Philadelphia and New Castle County Delaware police.

Brown, of the the 5600 block of Whitby Ave., had been shot earlier in Philadelphia by police there.

Two hours later, New Castle County, Delaware, police went to a neighborhood in Wilmington after a call that Brown was there.

When officers came to the abandoned van, they found blood inside, police said. Tracey Duffy, a county police spokeswoman.

According to the Associated Press report, the man got into a vehicle and tried to flee, and an officer trying to arrest him fired shots as they struggled, police said.

Earlier Wednesday, police in Philadelphia responding to a report of a person with a gun encountered the man, who was wanted on warrants.

Officers also allegedly saw a woman in the front seat, but did not see four children in the back seats of the van, according to the city police account. Unbeknownst to the officers, four children, ages 6 4, 2 and 2, were positioned in the rear seating area.

Officers chased the suspect on foot to a parked vehicle where he entered the driver's side and attempted to flee the area, police said. The Philadelphia officer sustained abrasion/contusions to his right thigh, left elbow, and forehead.

A report by 6ABC identified the man as Leroy Brown.

The suspect continued to Island Avenue and Lindbergh Boulevard, where the Caravan was disabled due to the crash damage. The minivan crashed into a vehicle and stopped, and the man got into an unoccupied, parked auto that had its engine running.

About 7:45 p.m., county police were dispatched to the 100 block of Carriage Way in Coachman's Manor near New Castle in search of Brown, who was believed to be injured and in the area.

The officers tried to stop the man from driving away, police said, but he put the minivan in reverse and struck an officer who was near the driver's open door.

  • Larry Hoffman