UPDATE: Suspect fatally shot during state police search warrant execution identified

Struggle over weapon: suspect fatally shot during state police search warrant execution

HARBESON – Delaware State Police are investigating a shooting Tuesday morning involving a state trooper during which a 50-year-old Harbeson man was fatally shot.

The incident occurred shortly after 6 a.m. Aug. 28 during a search warrant execution at a residence in the 22000 block of Harbeson Road, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said.

According to state police investigation, troopers entered the residence and made contact with Robert Knox, a 50-year-old paraplegic resident who was lying in bed.

While troopers were in the residence, Knox obtained a handgun that was in arms reach. During a struggle over the weapon that ensued two troopers discharged their divisionally-issued handgun, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Knox sustained gunshot wounds and was transported to Beebe Medical Center where he died from the injuries, said Cpl. Jaffe.

Identification is pending next of kin notification.

One of the troopers involved in the shooting has been employed with the Delaware State Police for eight years and the other for seven years, Cpl. Jaffe said.

One trooper sustained minor injuries during this incident.

Both troopers have been placed on administrative leave as per divisional policy.

Detectives did recover a loaded handgun, drugs and other weapons from the scene, Cpl. Jaffe said.

Investigation is ongoing. Further details will be released as they become available.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.