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Man shot in exchange of gunfire with police, charged with attempted murder

Isabel Hughes
Delaware News Journal

A 28-year-old man from Viola who was shot by Delaware State Police in an exchange of gunfire with troopers has been charged with attempted murder.

Ronald Cochran also faces several firearm charges and a reckless endangering charge in connection with the Wednesday incident, which began at about 5:30 p.m.

According to police, troopers were dispatched to a home at 201 E. Evens Road in Viola after receiving a 911 call that Cochran had a gun. 

Ronald Cochran

A person at the house told troopers that Cochran was inside a bathroom with the gun, saying he "was going to shoot up the place."

Troopers shouted through an open door for Cochran to leave the home, police said, but he ran upstairs to the second floor of the house. He then climbed out of a second-story window onto a roof just below and shot toward two troopers.

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Both troopers, one a five-year veteran and the other a one-year veteran, shot back. Cochran then jumped off the roof to the ground and ran to the front of the home.

There, he pointed a .40-caliber handgun at a third trooper, police said. That trooper, a three-year veteran, shot at Cochran, who ran to another home nearby and lay on the porch.

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Troopers found him there, shot in the right bicep and shoulder. Police performed first aid before paramedics took him to a local hospital.

He was treated there and later released. Cochran is being held at Sussex Correctional Institution on $168,000 cash bond.

No troopers were injured in the incident, which was the second officer-involved shooting in December.

On Dec. 11, Milford Police Sr. Cpl. TJ Webb, along with a Delaware State Police trooper and a probation and parole officer, was trying to arrest a Pennsylvania fugitive at a hotel near Rehoboth Beach when he shot at them, hitting Webb.

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The trooper and probation officer shot and killed the fugitive, while other police rushed Webb to Beebe Healthcare. He was then flown to Christiana Hospital, where he was released to an inpatient rehabilitation facility.

Webb was sent home from that facility Wednesday to continue his recovery at home.

The fugitive who shot him had been wanted for attempted murder.

The trooper and probation officer in that shooting and the troopers involved in Wednesday's incident have all been placed on administrative leave, per departmental policy.

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