Delmar police say Officer Keith Heacook has died after an assault.
The News Journal of Wilmington reports that Delmar Police Chief Ivan Barkley said at a news conference Wednesday evening that Baltimore hospital officials pronounced him clinically deceased.
The 22-year veteran of the department was found unconscious by a Delaware trooper and Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office deputy after he responded to a fight-in-progress call at about 5:12 a.m. Sunday.
Court documents state Heacook was attacked by Randon D. Wilkerson, 30. According to a witness, Wilkerson slammed his foot repeatedly on the officer’s head while he lay unconscious.
On Sunday, Heacook was transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. That’s part of the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
Wilkerson, who is accused of also assaulting an elderly couple, was charged late Sunday with attempted murder in the first degree, and two counts of first-degree assault, among other charges.