Suspect Dead Following Gun Battle With State Trooper

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    A Delaware State trooper is recovering in the hospital after being shot in the face. NBC10's George Spencer reports, the trooper returned fire, killing the suspect. (Published Thursday, June 26, 2014)

    What started as a domestic violence call led to a gun battle between a Delaware State Trooper and a suspect in Kent County, leaving the suspect dead and the trooper injured.

    State Police say the trooper, Corporal Lloyd McMann, was looking for a 29-year-old suspect, Dennis Hicks, who fled a Magnolia home where police say he tried to strangle his girlfriend early Wednesday.

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    [PHI] Del. State Trooper Shot in the Face
    A Delaware State Police Trooper is recovering after he was shot in the face. NBC10's Tim Furlong has the latest on his condition. (Published Thursday, June 26, 2014)

    Trooper McMann spotted the car on Milford Rd., shortly before 7 a.m. and tried to get Hicks to stop. Instead, Hicks fled back in the direction of the house where the dispute happened on Bayhill Road and West Birdie Lane. Police say Hicks stopped his car, got out with a semiautomatic handgun and opened fire, hitting McMann in the hand and face.

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    A 26-year-old Delaware State Trooper has been flown to Christiana State Hospital in Newark, Delaware after being shot Wednesday morning in Magnolia. (Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014)

    The officer fired back, hitting Hicks in the upper body.

    Trooper Shot, Suspect Killed in Gun Battle

    [PHI] Trooper Shot, Suspect Killed in Gun Battle
    NBC10's Doug Shimell reports from Kent County, Delaware where a domestic assault call turned into a shooting once a suspect fired at a state trooper Wednesday morning. (Published Wednesday, June 25, 2014)

    Both the trooper and the suspect were rushed to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital where Hicks was pronounced dead. McMann was flown to Christiana Hospital Trauma Center where he is in serious but stable condition.

    "He's doing well," said Colonel Nathaniel McQueen. "He's awake and alert and his family is with him."

    McMann, 26, is a four-year veteran of the Delaware State Police. He is based in Camden, Del. He will be on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, until detectives from the state's homicide unit complete their investigation.

    Investigators say the gun Hicks used in the shooting was reported stolen after a residential burglary last summer.