Young woman wanted by police killed in shootout after multi-state chase

WILMINGTON, DE – A high-speed police pursuit, involving two states, two shootouts, and a series of crashes, ended in the death of a 23-year-old woman, law enforcement officials reported. The chase, which began in a Delaware residence, was initiated by Wilmington police who were attempting to arrest the woman on a warrant related to a December 2023 shooting.

Evading arrest, the woman fled the scene in a vehicle, colliding with numerous police cars before heading northbound on I-95 towards Pennsylvania. Wilmington officers and Delaware state police troopers trailed her closely.

Upon crossing into Pennsylvania, the woman’s vehicle crashed. She allegedly retaliated by shooting at the officers, leading two troopers to return fire. Whether any of the officers’ bullets hit the woman at this point remains uncertain.

The woman then proceeded to carjack another vehicle and drove to Chester, Pennsylvania. After crashing into a building, she entered a nearby house, encountered a mother with her baby, and seized another car in a renewed bid to escape.

Her escape attempt was foiled when several officers, including three from Wilmington, five Delaware state troopers, and officers from Trainer and Chester in Pennsylvania, fired at her vehicle. She eventually succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

The woman’s identity is being withheld until her family is notified. One Wilmington officer was treated for minor injuries sustained during the pursuit. The officers who discharged their firearms are on administrative duty pending an investigation, in line with standard protocol. The identities of the officers involved have not been disclosed.