I headed to New Street to find other community activists and to help keep the street calm. Sometimes that means just staying away. This time it didn't agitated people everywhere. They wanted to talk to somebody and the cops didn't want to hear it. Police held a press conference at 1630 hours.
Later that day, Dover City Councilman David Anderson made the following statement in a FaceBook post
From the Milford Beacon -
"Officers recovered a .38-caliber handgun partially stuck into some grass and mud just north of where the shooting took place, according to the warrant. Detectives determined no one else had been present in the yard when Fletcher ran through and that the weapon had been thrown there recently as the mud on the gun still was wet."
From the official Dover Police Press release:
" A loaded firearm was located in close proximity to Fletcher a short time later. " http://doverpolice.org/2015/08/28/man-faces-gun-charges-from-officer-involved-shooting-incident-8-28-15/
Here is a cell phone video taken anonymously at the scene. Nobody is sure who shot it at this point. One person having it on their FB wall deleted it, perhaps somebody used that person's device without their knowledge or the person decided to take the video(s) down.?
Anyway this video shows where the subject fell and if the above about being stuck to mud and grass is accurate relating to the gun, no way the subject was armed when he was shot. How do we know the gun was his? Might it be a 'stash' gun? Other importnant detail to note, yard was bone dry. Either that weapon was under something or the Police got it wet when they used a power washer to clean up blood clots. It wasn't rain. Check out the ground in this video.
So what really happened? I can't handle the truth!! Will we ever know for sure? We need body cameras on our cops now, for their protection and ours. As of this afternoon, two days later residents at the scene report no police have taken their statements. Interesting method of investigation.