State police corporal faces false information charge

May 30, 2013

A corporal with the Delaware State Police was charged May 29 with filing false information in connection with a drug investigation he conducted in February.

In March, state police began criminally investigating Cpl. Shannon King, 38, in connection with a traffic stop in which he seized cocaine and marijuana, said Sgt. Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police.

Shavack said an internal review determined King field tested the suspected cocaine but did not field test the suspected marijuana yet he swore on the arrest warrant that he had tested both drugs.

King, a seven-year officer with Troop 2 in Newark, turned himself in to police and was charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing; he was released on his own recognizance.

King has been suspended with pay and benefits pending the outcome of the criminal charge, Shavack said.

“We hold our troopers to a high standard and are disappointed by the conduct of the trooper involved,” Shavack said. “The public can be assured that the leadership and members of the Delaware State Police are committed to maintaining a high level of public trust and committed to our core values and mission statement of providing professional, competent, and compassionate law enforcement services.”

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