Early on Sunday Morning, a Delmar, Delaware police officer went to go respond to a 911 call about a fight in the Yorkshire Estates Community. Soon after, another 911 call reported that the officer was unresponsive and on the verge of death.
The brutal attack comes in the wake of radical anti-police rhetoric and leftist Black Lives Matter violence, especially in the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict last week.
Allegedly, one of the occupants of a house in the community, a man named Randon D. Wilkerson, was reported to be assaulting others in the home, as well as assaulting several men and women in neighboring homes. When the officer, Corporal Keith Heacook, went to respond to the calls, he got involved in a physical altercation and was left in dire need of emergency medical care.
After several people were taken into custody, the man responsible for the assaults was determined to be Wilkerson. Wilkerson, 30, is a black male who is from the area.
An investigation into a related assault by Wilkerson is underway as well. According to authorities, the same morning he was fighting in his own home and assaulted Corporal Heacook, he went across the street and knocked on the door of an elderly couple, assaulting both the 73 year old man and 76 year old woman with a glass object. Both the female victim and Cpl. Heacook were transported to a hospital in Baltimore by police escort.
According to authorities, Wilkerson is charged with the following: first degree attempted murder, two counts of first degree assault, two counts of first degree possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, first degree burglary, third degree assault, and making terrorist threats.
According to local news, Delmar Police Chief Ivan Barkley put out the following statement: “Corporal Keith Heacook is a 22 year veteran and has been employed with our department since 1998. He is a husband, son, brother, and father. 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. We appreciate the support from the Delaware State Police, Wicomico County Sheriffs Office, Maryland State Police, and all other agencies who responded and are assisting with this investigation.
The investigation is ongoing. We will update this story as other relevant information is released.