Second suspect charged in gunfight near Dagsboro

DAGSBORO – Delaware State Police report the arrest of a second man in connection with a physical altercation that led to gunfire in a Dagsboro neighborhood Thursday.

Shaquone M

Shaquone M. Smith

Shaquone M. Smith, 19, of Dagsboro, turned himself into detectives at Troop 4 Friday afternoon and was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and reckless endangering first degree, according to state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier. Mr. Smith was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $22,000 secured bond.

The other suspect, William Drummond, 42, of Dagsboro, was taken into custody Thursday without incident and transported back to Troop 4 in Georgetown. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a person prohibited due to a 2007 felony conviction, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and reckless endangering first degree.  Mr. Drummond was arraigned and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $18,500 secured bond.

Troopers were dispatched to the area of the 28000 block of East Diamond Drive around 1:30 p.m. Thursday  in response to numerous calls to the Sussex County Emergency Operations 9-1-1 Center about a fight in progress.

As troopers were responding, they received additional dispatched information that gunshots were fired in the area.

By the time troopers arrived in Diamond Acres, many subjects had already fled the area in vehicles.

William U. Drummond

William U. Drummond

Witness accounts revealed William U. Drummond and Shaquone M. Smith were two of the suspects involved in the gunfire, said Cpl. Fournier.

Investigation revealed there was a physical altercation between Mr. Drummond and other subjects over illegal drug sales near his residence, investigation revealed.

According to state police, when Mr. Drummond heard gunshots during the confrontation, he took a .22 caliber revolver from the front steps of his residence and began firing at Mr. Smith, who was reportedly firing back at Drummond.

Neither of the two men was struck by any rounds and no other bystanders were injured in the exchange, Cpl. Fournier said.

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