Milford man dies from police shooting wounds

December 17, 2013

A 58-year-old man shot by Milford police Dec. 14 has died from gunshot wounds resulting from the incident.

Roy D. Rhodes of Milford was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital following the afternoon shooting and had been in critical condition. He was pronounced dead Dec. 16, said Sgt. Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police.

Rhodes was driving a Lincoln Town Car westbound on Route 14 when he drove into the eastbound lane around 4 p.m. Dec. 14. He crashed through a yard before stopping at a private driveway. The driver of an oncoming car who had avoided a collision with Rhodes went to check on his condition and found Rhodes with a knife to his own neck. The driver wrestled the knife from Rhodes who then pulled a handgun from the console of his car, Shavack said.

A Milford police officer responding to the scene shot Rhodes several times after police said Rhodes raised his handgun at police. Shavack said Sgt. Robert S. Young, 39, is on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

He would not comment further on the events leading up to the shooting because it is under investigation. Shavack said Delaware State Police will continue to investigate the situation at the request of the Milford Police Department.

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