Delmar, DE – A Delmar police corporal is fighting for his life after he was attacked by a suspect while responding to a fight in progress by himself, police said.
The violent assault occurred at around 5:12 a.m. at the Yorkshire Estates community in the 11000 block of Buckingham Drive, after the Delmar Police Department (DPD) received a report that 30-year-old Randon Wilkerson was destroying objects and “fighting with other residents” inside the home, the Delaware State Police (DSP) said in a press release.
Shortly after the initial call came in, the DPD received a report from a neighbor across the street who said he and his wife had been attacked by a male suspect who then fled the scene, the DSP said.
DPD Corporal Keith Heacook arrived at the scene of the first call, where he was “met with a physical confrontation with Wilkerson” inside the residence, according to the DSP.
The police dispatcher repeatedly tried to check Cpl. Heacook’s status, but received no response over the radio.
The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office and a DSP trooper were then dispatched to the scene and arrived to find Cpl. Heacook unconscious inside the home, the DSP said.
Laurel Police Department (LPD) officers arrived at the scene and helped perform first aid after police pulled the critically-injured corporal from the residence.
He had suffered “significant head injuries” and was rushed to TidalHealth in Salisbury before receiving a police escort to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, Maryland, the DSP said.
Investigators determined Wilkerson also allegedly attacked the elderly couple who live across the street from the location of the initial disturbance call.
The 73-year-old male victim told police Wilkerson was knocking at his back door, so he opened it to see what he wanted, according to the press release.
“The male victim was then assaulted as Wilkerson entered the house and then struck numerous times with a glass object,” the DSP said. “Wilkerson then repeatedly assaulted a 76-year-old female with the same object before fleeing the house.”
Both victims suffered “significant injury” during the attack and were rushed to local hospitals, according to the DSP.
The female victim has since been transported to Shock Trauma in Baltimore.
DPD Chief Ivan Barkley said Cpl. Heacook has served the department for 22 years.
Our prayers go out to the Delaware officer fighting for his life tonight in a Shock Trauma Unit. Corporal Keith Heacook with the Delmar Police Department was responding to a home where an elderly couple had been beaten, when he was brutally attacked by the suspect. pic.twitter.com/emvNyPkmKA
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“He is a husband, son, brother, and father,” Chief Barkley said in the press release. “Keith is fighting for his life right now and he needs your prayers along with the elderly couple who were also injured.”
“Members from the Delmar Police appreciate the outpouring of community support as we continue to move forward,” the chief wrote.
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Officers located Wilkerson walking on the back portion of the property where the attack on Cpl. Heacook occurred and took him into custody without further incident, the DSP said.
He has since been charged with terroristic threatening, attempted murder, burglary, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and once count of third-degree assault.
Wilkerson was booked into the Sussex Correctional Institution on $451,000 cash bond after his arraignment, according to the DSP.
The DSP is handling the ongoing investigation with the assistance of multiple other local and state law enforcement entities.