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Delaware Trooper, Suspect Exchange Gunfire During Chase: Police

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    Delaware Trooper, Suspect Exchange Gunfire During Chase: Police
    Delaware State Police
    Delaware State Police said Aaron Purnell fired at a pursuing trooper.

    A Delaware State Police trooper returned fire when a man fired at him during a chase, but neither was hit, said state police.

    Troopers were sent to Building G at the Alder Park Apartments along Webbs Lane in Dover around 8:20 Sunday night for a report of a person with a gun. When a trooper approached two people, they ran.

    The trooper gave chase and police said one man fired at the trooper and the trooper fired back. After a chase, the trooper caught the man, identified as 30-year-old Aaron Purnell of Harrington, and a loaded 9-mm handgun was found where Purnell was arrested, said police.

    Neither Purnell nor the officer suffered injuries, said police.

    Police charged Purnell with several firearms offenses, aggravated menacing, reckless endangering and resisting arrest with force. A judge sent him to New Castle County jail on $96,000 bail.

    The 38-year-old trooper with 14 years on the force was placed on routine administrative leave.