Delaware State Trooper says he heard bullet buzz past him during shooting drive by at his home

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Felton, DE Delaware State Police arrested 20-year-old Robert H. Field III of Felton on felony criminal charges following a shots fired report Thursday night.

On January 7, 2021, at approximately 8:15 p.m., troopers responded to the area of Sandtown Road, Felton, for reports of shots fired. The investigation determined an off-duty Delaware State Trooper was in their residence when the sound of gunfire was heard outside. The trooper exited the residence to investigate and could hear the sound of shots nearby, and the sound of shots fired as a vehicle passed the driveway of the home.

One-shot sounded close enough the trooper could hear the sound of the bullet as it buzzed past. The trooper contacted the dispatch center to report the incident, and patrol troopers were dispatched to the area with the suspect vehicles’ description.

The suspect vehicle was located traveling on Black Swamp Road, and troopers contacted the operator, later identified as Robert H. Field III and a 33-year-old passenger of Bridgeville. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 3. Spent shell casings were observed in plain view inside the vehicle and along the roadway in the area where the shots were initially heard. Through the criminal investigation, it was determined Field was in possession of the weapon when it was fired. No one was injured during this incident.

Field was charged with the following crimes:

  • Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
  • Reckless Endangering 1st Degree (Felony)

Field was arraigned in the Justice of the Peace Court #7 and released on his own recognizance.

The 33-year-old passenger was not charged and released.

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