Delmar Police Officer Attacked and Killed Days After Incident
Delmar police officer attacked while responding to a fight. The Delaware police officer has died days after the incident.
Cpl. Keith Heacook, 54, was pronounced “clinically dead” on Wednesday, April 28, at 12:48 p.m. at a Baltimore hospital.
On Sunday, April 25, shortly after 5 a.m., Heacook was responded to the 1100 blocks of Buckingham Drive in the Yorkshire Estates Community in Delmar, Delaware, to report a fight.
A 911 caller reported a man was disorderly, fighting with other residents inside the house and destroying objects inside the home.
Some moments later, a separate 911 call was made by a neighbor of the original caller across the street, claiming a man and his wife had been attacked by a man who was no longer in the house.
When officer Heacook arrived at the home, he was confronted by Randon Wilkerson, 30, investigators said.
According to officials, additional officers, including a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office deputy and a state trooper, were dispatched and found officer Heacook unconscious inside the home.
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Delaware, Delmar Police Officer Attacked
Police found an elderly couple who had also been assaulted across the street. Officials said it was related to the first, and the couple were rushed to area hospitals, with one also transported to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
Investigators said Wilkerson had attacked the 73-year-old male victim, striking him numerous times with a glass object. Then Wilkerson repeatedly attacked a 76-year-old woman with the same thing before fleeing the house.
Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings issued a statement on Heacooks’s death on Wednesday night, April 28:
“These are the worst moments any of us can imagine: mourning the loss of a member of our law enforcement family. Cpl. Keith Heacook served his Department and his community honorably and faithfully for more than two decades, a family man, a public servant, and a protector of his community until his final days. The man who stole him from his family and from his community has been arrested, and mark my words: he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It is with nothing but sadness that I commit, now that Cpl. Heacook is no longer with us, that his killer’s charges will be upgraded to include murder. Tonight we wrap our arms around a community and a family and hold them in support and prayer; tomorrow, with clear eyes, we move forward in the pursuit of justice.”
Both victims suffered severe injuries. Police said they spotted Randon Wilkerson walking on the back of the property, where the first 911 call was made.
He was taken into custody without incident and charged with attempted murder, assault, possession of a weapon, and terroristic threatening.
Police have not announced any updated charges against him in the wake of Heacook’s death yet.
Officer Cpl. Keith Heacook was a 22-year veteran with the Delmar Police Department. He leaves behind his wife and his son.