The father of a suspect in the armed robbery of the Caesars Casino was arrested after he allegedly shot a Delaware State Trooper who was executing a search warrant. John Greenlee, 50, is charged with reckless endangerment and other related offenses.
On Wednesday shortly after 11 a.m., Delaware State Troopers executed a search warrant at a home on the 1000 block of Powell Court in the Red Lion Chase development of Bear, Delaware.
Officials say the troopers were searching for 21-year-old Nathaniel Greenlee, who lives at the home. Greenlee has active warrants due to his alleged connection to the armed robbery of the Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey back on July 21.
Investigators say the troopers knocked on the door several times, announcing they were serving a search warrant, but received no response from anyone inside.
As Troopers made their way into the home through the front door, John Greenlee, who police say is the father of Nathaniel Greenlee, allegedly took out a semiautomatic handgun and fired two rounds from a second floor stairway.
A trooper was struck once in the upper body as his protective body armor absorbed the impact. The Troopers then took John Greenlee into custody without further incident. His weapon was recovered at the scene, according to investigators.
The Trooper, a 42-year-old man and 19-year veteran of the state police, suffered minor injuries. He was treated at the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center and later released Wednesday afternoon.
John Greenlee was arraigned and released on a $25,000 bond. Nathaniel Greenlee was not found inside the home. Police continue to search for him.