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Officer-involved shooting in Wilmington is under investigation

WILMINGTON, DE – Delaware State Police are currently investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred last night in Wilmington. The incident occurred on May 31, around 9:19 p.m., after troopers were called to a home on Ferris Road for a report of a suicidal man.

Initial findings indicate that two teenagers observed 36-year-old Jonathan Kreiser of Smyrna, Delaware, acting erratically and waving a handgun in the street. Kreiser reportedly expressed a desire to be shot. One of the teens managed to convince Kreiser to put down the gun, disarmed it by removing the magazine and placed both objects on the sidewalk before calling 911.

Upon their arrival, troopers engaged Kreiser, who refused to comply with orders to reveal his hidden hand. The situation escalated when Kreiser retrieved the gun and magazine, reloaded it and turned toward a trooper, who then fired his weapon, hitting Kreiser.

Kreiser was then treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He remains in stable condition and has been charged with aggravated menacing and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Kreiser was charged and is now being held on $21,000 bond.

Further investigation revealed that Kreiser was the subject of a Gold Alert issued by the Smyrna Police Department earlier that day, which noted that he had taken his brother’s gun and was considered suicidal.

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