Delaware State Police have arrested a 30 year old New Castle man for a shooting that occurred last week in Bridgeville that left a homeowner grazed by a bullet.

 


The Delaware State Police have arrested a 30-year-old New Castle man for the shooting that occurred last week in Bridgeville that left a homeowner grazed by a bullet.
 
Detectives were contacted by investigators from Wilmington Police Department on the date of the shooting and informed they were investigating a shooting of Michael Rodriguez, 30, of New Castle.  Rodriguez was dropped off at Christiana Hospital on the 18th suffering from gunshot wound in the abdomen that he told police occurred in Wilmington.
 
As investigators continued the investigation, they contacted a female friend of Rodriguez who advised police she picked him up in Harrington and drove him to Christiana Hospital.  Wilmington Police had recovered the projectile that was lodged in Rodriguez’s abdomen secured it a ballistic evidence.
 
That projectile was later compared to projectiles recovered from the crime scene by DSP investigators.  The DSP Forensic Firearms Service’s Unit, utilizing the Integrated Ballistics Information System (IBIS), was able to match the seized evidence and determine both projectiles came from 30 year old victim’s gun as he shot at the suspects in self-defense.  This forensic evidence linked Rodriguez to the crime.
 
Wednesday, at approximately 10:30 a.m., probation and parole officers responded to Rodriguez’s residence and arrested him without incident.  He was turned over to DSP investigators and charged with first-degree attempted murder, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment and first-degree conspiracy.
 
He was incarcerated at the Sussex Correctional Institute in lieu of a $109,000 secured bail.  The Delaware State Police are still seeking the identity of the second suspect and are asking for anyone with information on this crime to contact investigators at Troop 4 at 856-5850, ext. 206 or Crime Stoppers at 800-TIP-3333. Tips may also be forwarded to law enforcement through tip lines maintained by Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or on line at www.tipsubmit.com.