Who is Jonathan Wiseman? Suspect involved in the multi-agency officer-involved shooting identified

The suspect in the multi-agency officer-involved shooting has been identified by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. Let’s see who the suspect is and about the multi-agency officer-involved shooting incident in detail.

Who is Jonathan Wiseman?

The man who led many law enforcement agencies on a chase through New Castle County on Friday, December 2, 2022, culminating in a gunfight on I-95, has been identified as 39-year-old Jonathan Wiseman of New Castle by the Delaware State Police.

Before the firefight, Jonathan Wiseman opened fire on Newport police and stole two cars—one off Route 141 and the other off of I-95 southbound.

Jonathan Wiseman passed away there; only one bystander was hurt; no police officers were hurt.

His Court Records

According to court documents, Jonathan Wiseman’s legal troubles go back over two decades, at least to the middle of the 2000s.

He received a four-year sentence in 2006 that would be suspended when he completed a drug treatment programme.

Following a guilty plea to harassment, terroristic threats, drug charges, burglary, forgery, and theft in connection with four other incidents, that sentence was handed down.

According to Delaware Online/News Journal archives, Jonathan Wiseman also participated in several drug rehabilitation centers.

The most current address of Jonathan Wiseman, who earned his diploma from Delcastle Technical High School in 2001, is unknown as of right now.

Shooting Incident

Troopers were sent to the 100 block of Ayre St. outside of Newport on December 2, 2022, at around 7:29 a.m., in response to a report of a suspicious person with a gun.

When the subject made contact with them, they pursued the individual on foot. The suspect fired shots at troopers while being chased on foot by police.

At the intersection of Marshall Street and Market Street, bullets from this confrontation struck an occupied Vocational Technical School District bus. On the bus, no reported injuries were present.

The suspect kept running on foot until he reached the intersection of Routes 141 and 4, where he made at least one unsuccessful carjacking attempt before robbing a second victim and driving off in the stolen car.

Following the pursuit, more bullets were fired at this place by the troopers.

The suspect was pursued for a considerable amount of time through the neighborhoods of New Castle and Newark before reaching the Old Cooch’s Bridge Road cul-de-sac.

The guy got out of the car and ran into the woods toward I-95 southbound after leaving it there.

Early morning police activity led to road closures Old coochs bridge Road in Newark.
(Delware News Journal)

Carjacking incident

The suspect made two attempts to carjack unsuspecting victims after he got to the freeway. A round was fired by the suspect on one attempt, impacting the vehicle’s inside.

At this point, the suspect successfully carjacked the third victim.

Once again compelled to interact with the subject, the pursuing officers finally opened fire on him.

During this incident, a motorist who wasn’t involved was hurt. He received care at a local hospital before being released.

The circumstances of this injury are yet unknown, and they are being looked into right now.

After that, the suspect drove the stolen car southbound on I-95 until it came to a stop just south of Route 896.

Officers were compelled to re-engage the armed subject, who was shot.

Although the troopers made an effort to administer first aid, it was clear that the suspect would not survive his wounds.

After paramedics arrived on the scene, the suspect was declared dead.

Police Statement

Around 7:30 in the morning, according to the police, officers were called to a report of a “strange guy with a gun” in the 100 block of Ayre Street in Newport.

Jonathan Wiseman fled when the approaching troopers made contact with him.

Wiseman was pursued by police to an area close to Route 141, where a gunfight took place. A bus carrying high school kids was struck three times, but no one was wounded.

One of the bullets entered the school bus, and a second one found its way into the window of the seventh row, where a student was seated.

Colonel Melissa Zebley delivers opening remarks during a press conference held a Delaware State Police Troop 2 in Newark. (Delaware News Journal)

Police stated on Friday that they are investigating whether the shots that struck the bus were fired from the cops’ firearms or one that they believe Jonathan Wiseman possessed.

After the shooting in Newport, according to the police, Jonathan Wiseman fled along Route 141 and kidnapped one person before escaping down I-95 toward Newark.

Over the next hour or so, it led to other shootouts at various locations as well as another carjacking. Finally, according to Delaware State Police, Jonathan Wiseman’s car was able to be stopped close to Route 896.

The 39-year-old was killed after police “engaged” him in gunfire at that point.

“It was immediately apparent that the suspect would not survive his injuries.”

Police reported on Friday that although troopers attempted to administer the first treatment, it became clear right away that the suspect would not survive his injuries.

Help the Investigation

The Homicide Unit of the Delaware State Police is still looking into this matter.

Anyone who saw this incident is asked to phone Sergeant S. Yeich at (302) 741-2703.

You can also provide information by getting in touch with Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

Delaware Victim Center

The Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to provide you with help and services around-the-clock at 1-800-VICTIM-1 if you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or has lost a loved one to a sudden death and needs assistance (1-800-842-8461).

The Victim Services Unit’s email address is DSP_ VictimServicesMail@delaware.gov.

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