State trooper shot executing a warrant in Bear

By Tom Lehman 3:53pm, August 6, 2014 - Updated 11:47pm, August 6, 2014
VIDEO: Governor Jack Markell talks with WDEL about the shooting of a state trooper who was executing a search warrant in Bear Wednesday morning.
A state trooper was shot in his protective vest Wednesday morning while executing a search warrant at a home of a man wanted for the armed robbery of a New Jersey casino, police said.

Troopers assigned to the Delaware Gaming Enforcement unit attempted to execute a search warrant at a home in Bear about 11:19 a.m., Sgt. Paul Shavack said.

Nathaniel Greenlee, 21, who resides at 1000 block of Powell Court in the Red Lion Chase development, had active warrants for his arrest issued by New Jersey State Police for an armed robbery at Caesars Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City.

Shavack said troopers knocked on the front door of the single family home and announced several times that they were with Delaware State Police.

Troopers then entered the home but were greeted by a pair of gunshots fired by 50-year-old John Greenlee, the father of Nathaniel Greenlee, who struck a trooper in the upper body, Shavack said.

The 42-year-old trooper, who has been with state police for 19 years, was wearing protective body armor that absorbed the gunshot, he said.

Police did not return fire and took John Greenlee into custody, but his son was not found inside the residence, he said.

John Greenlee was charged with first-degree reckless endangering and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Shavack said Nathaniel Green was apprehended later in the day by Pennsylvania State Police.

The trooper who was shot has not been identified, but Shavack said he was released from the Christiana Hospital Trauma Center after treatment for minor injuries.

Governor Jack Markell (D) called the shooting "concerning," especially after Cpl. Lloyd McCann, a state trooper, was shot twice during a shootout with a suspect near Magnolia in June.

Another state trooper, MCpl. Richard Deskis, was shot in the arm last year while conducting an investigation in Wilmington.

"These law enforcement officers put themselves in harms way to protect the rest of us. We should be incredibly grateful to them for their service and I'm very hopeful that this trooper is OK," Markell said.

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