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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - School officials say two Warner Elementary School students were shot with a pellet gun, but were not injured.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Red Clay Consolidated School District spokeswoman Pati Nash says one student was hit on the thumb and another was grazed in the neck area.

Nash did not say whether any students were disciplined, but she says officials are following the student code of conduct.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington's police union has reached a long-awaited, tentative agreement with the city that includes three years of raises for rank and file officers.

Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams announced the proposed deal with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1 on Monday after the two sides met in a closed-door meeting.

The city's police officers have been working without a contract since July 2011.

The agreement includes a 2 percent pay increase for fiscal year 2013, a 1 percent increase for the past two fiscal years.

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Last night downtown Wilmington heard the echo of the chant, “No Justice. No Peace. No racist police.”

It was part of the Black Lives Matter protests that have been held around the country in the wake of the two police shootings of two black men last week.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that there were not only African Americans in the protest but also infants as well as the elderly as well as Christians, Muslims and Jews.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware attorney general's office has concluded that criminal charges cannot be brought against four Wilmington police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in a wheelchair, although investigators concluded that one officer exhibited "extraordinarily poor" police work and should not be allowed to carry a gun.


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Wilmington police say they have finished an internal investigation into the fatal police shooting of a black man in a wheelchair.

Authorities said in a statement Tuesday that the Wilmington Police department's Office of Professional Standards had completed an investigation to determine whether officers involved in the September shooting of Jeremy McDole acted in accordance with departmental rules and regulations governing the use of deadly force. 

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The family of a man in wheel chair who was shot dead by Wilmington police on Wednesday is disputing a claim that he had a gun.

There is a cell phone video by a witness with an officer holding a rifle or shotgun at the man and screaming for him to drop the gun and hands up.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the man who appears to be bleeding and trying to get up eventually slides his hand up his thigh toward his waist when officers open fire.

No gun is visible in the video posted on YouTube.

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Mayor Dennis Williams says he’s ready to make major changes in the leadership of Wilmington’s police department as the city faces a record number of shootings.

His comments came just as the city saw two more murders in recent days.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that some City Council members said they believed he might just dismiss his handpicked chief Christine Dunning.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington police officers are turning to stun guns with increasing frequency, using them nearly every other day last year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports on a department report that shows city officers logged 164 uses of stun guns in 2012. That's twice as many deployments as in 2011. Stun gun use also outpaced the use of other uses of force such as tackling, hand-to-hand combat and other types of "intermediate weapons," such as pepper spray and batons. Police arrested 5,413 people last year.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Police say they are investigating the death of a 28-year-old man subdued by Wilmington officers using stun guns after a pursuit.

The driver of a vehicle refused to stop for officers on Sunday night near West 25th and North Madison streets and police say officers pursued him until public safety concerns prompted them to stop.

Minutes later, police say a witness alerted police of a reckless driver and officers encountered a man fleeing the vehicle on Wawaset Street. Police say the man became combative and officers used a stun gun to subdue him.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - State Police say three people have died in a courthouse shooting in Delaware.

Delaware State Police Sgt. Paul Shavack confirmed three people died in the shooting Monday morning at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington. He said the suspected gunmen and two women are dead. Shavack said police had not confirmed that one of the women was the shooter's estranged wife, though earlier in the day the city's mayor said that was the case.

Two police officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.