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Police: Milford man shot after raising gun at officer

By Melissa Steele | Dec 16, 2013

A 58-year-old Milford man is in critical condition after police say he crashed his car Dec. 14 and pointed a gun at a responding officer.

Roy D. Rhodes was driving a 1998 Lincoln Town Car westbound on Route 14 at 4 p.m. when he drove into the eastbound lane, said Sgt. Paul Shavack of the Delaware State Police.

An oncoming car avoided a collision while Rhodes drove off the roadway, through some bushes and stopped at a private driveway. When the driver of the oncoming car checked on the welfare of Rhodes, Shavack said, Rhodes was holding a knife to his own throat. The man took the knife from Rhodes, who became combative and pulled out a gun from the console of his car, Shavack said.

A Milford police officer responding to the scene ordered Rhodes several times to put down the gun. Rhodes raised his gun toward the officer, at which time the officer shot several rounds at Rhodes, striking him in the upper body and lower extremity, Shavack said.

Rhodes was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. Shavack said Rhodes will be charged with aggravated menacing and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony when he is medically cleared.

The name of the Milford police officer involved in the shooting has not been released. He is an 18-year veteran of the Milford Police Department who has been placed on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation, Shavack said.

The 600 block of Route 14 between Canterbury and Williamsville roads was closed to traffic for about three hours.

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