Theft suspect, shot by police was allegedly swinging shovel wildly

By Amy Cherry/Michelle Provencher 4:00pm, February 19, 2013 - Updated 5:54pm, February 20, 2013
A State Police officer shoots a theft suspect in Lewes.

It happened at Plantations and Cedar Grove Roads around 1 p.m. Police say 42-year-old man, later identified as Keith Schueller of Rehoboth Beach, was taken to Beebe Medical Center, where he's in critical condition.

State Police say Schueller, who was wanted on felony theft charges refused to pull over his Jeep Cherokee, leading to a car chase.

Schueller sped through a stop sign and collided with a Chevy Silverado being driven by a 70-year-old man; the elderly victim was not injured.

Schueller got out of his car and ran away on foot, seeking refuge in a barn behind a residence on the 19000 block of Plantations Road.

Authorities say when the officer caught up, Schueller was swinging around a large shovel in a "threatening manner," and that's when the officer shot him.

Schueller is also a suspect in a series of burglaries in Sussex County.

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