Police ID trooper hurt in shootout that killed suspect

By Peter MacArthur/Frank Gerace 11:47am, June 25, 2014 - Updated 5:54pm, June 25, 2014
VIDEO: State Police Colonel Nate McQueen talks about one of his officers that was shot following a pursuit with a suspect. (Video courtesy of NBC 10.)
A state police trooper is recovering at the hospital after suffering two gunshot wounds in a shootout with a man in Magnolia.

The incident began around 7 a.m. Wednesday when 26-year-old Cpl. Lloyd McCann was investigating a reported domestic choking.

The suspect, 29-year-old Dennis Hicks of Milford, fled in his car and led McCann on a chase before stopping on Birdie Lane near South State Street. That's where Hicks got out of the car and allegedly started firing, striking McCann twice. McCann fired back, killing Hicks.

McCann, a four-year veteran of the force on patrol with Troop 3, is in stable condition at Christiana Hospital after being shot in the face and hands.

"You never know when a bad day's coming or when an incident's going to occur, you hope that their training kicks in, and that seems to be what happened in this case. The trooper responded to an incident and is able to go home at the end of the day, and that's always our goal," Delaware State Police Colonel Nate McQueen told NBC 10.

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Gov. Markell has visited the hospital to make sure the officer was going to be OK.

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