3rd suspect arrested in shooting of Wilm. Police officer

By Amy Cherry 1:30pm, February 4, 2013 - Updated 6:54am, February 5, 2013
Mayor Williams, Wilmington Police officer Mark Ivey, and Chief Dunning address the media.
A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Wilmington police officer Sunday in Southbridge.

Police say the third person is believed to have been riding in the Chevy Equinox along with Jared Wiggins and Ronald Boyce, who have already been taken into custody. It's still unclear who pulled the trigger that sent a bullet flying into Officer Justin Wilkers' jaw as he was conducting a routine traffic stop in Southbridge.

"This assault on our police officer Justin Wilkers is an affront, an insult, and a total sign of disrespect of authority," says Wilmington Police Chief Christine Dunning.

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Mayor Dennis Williams agrees.

"We are very concerned about the attack on our officers yesterday that is pure and divine anarchy," Williams says.

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Because of that Mayor Williams plans to roll out an aggressive policing plan along the lines of his campaign promise that he won't be "hugging thugs."

"We will combat this crime. We will stop it; I'll guarantee it. There's some folks that's probably not going to like our style, but that's too bad," says Williams.

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Meantime, Wilkers is in serious, but stable condition, awaiting surgery at Christiana Hospital.

"The bullet caused significant damage and has lodged in the lower part of the officer's skull," says Wilmington Police officer Mark Ivey.

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"We are very fortunate that we still have our brother officer with us today; however, Justin Wilkers' condition, though it's been stabilized, he still has many challenges to face," says Dunning.

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Wilkers is a three-year member of the police force. He has a wife and two kids.

"Our collective hearts ache for our wounded brother," says Ivey.

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