Police shoot suspect in Ocean View

March 19, 2017

Story Location:
Pine Grove Lane
Ocean View  Delaware
United States

Police shot a Maryland man following a chase that ended after the man charged his SUV at officers on a dead-end road in Ocean View.

The police chase began in Maryland but crossed over into Delaware just after 10 p.m. March 18 when an Ocean View Police Department officer was called to assist the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, said Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier.

Police pursued an Infinity SUV as it drove down Burbage Road, crossed over Windmill Drive and onto Pine Grove Lane, a dead-end road. The SUV’s driver, later identified as Troy Lee Short, came to a stop at the end of Pine Grove Lane, and then reversed the vehicle at a high speed. The SUV hit the front of the Ocean View patrol vehicle, pushing it off the road, and continued reversing at a high rate of speed, almost hitting a Maryland patrol car, Fournier said.

The SUV stopped momentarily after striking a mailbox. Short then changed gears and drove forward into an empty residential lot, turned around and began to drive toward the Maryland deputy, who was standing outside his vehicle in the driveway of the lot.

The officer from Ocean View, identified as Nicholas Harrington, got out of his vehicle and ran toward the deputy as the SUV bore down on both officers, who were yelling for the driver to stop. Both officers fired multiple rounds at the Infinity, and the SUV came to a stop in a private driveway in the 36000 block of Pine Grove Lane.

Officers removed 31-year-old driver Short, a resident of Hurlock, Md., from the SUV and rendered first aid while waiting for paramedics. Short later was taken to an area hospital where he was admitted in serious condition.

Harrington, a five-year veteran of the Ocean View Police Department, also was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released. The Maryland deputy was uninjured.

The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office said the pursuit initially began about 8 p.m., when a deputy saw a vehicle driving erratically near 8th Street in Ocean City, Md. Police chased the SUV to the Berlin area, where the driver crashed and stole another vehicle, which he abandoned on Route 90. Deputies dispatched a K-9 to search for the suspect, leading deputies to an area near Route 575, where the suspect reportedly found another vehicle and stole it, a press release stated.

Short abandoned that vehicle on St. Martin’s Neck Road. Police said the suspect burglarized a home in the nearby neighborhood and stole a vehicle from that property. Deputies set up a perimeter and were searching for the suspect when they found him driving an SUV. Deputies attempted to stop Short, but he instead fled toward Delaware, leading police on the chase that ended in Ocean View.

Short is facing burglary, theft and associated traffic offenses from the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office. Delaware State Police have not yet filed charges, and are continuing an investigation, Fournier said.


Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include current information.