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Police Officer Stabbed To Death In New Castle County, Delaware

NEW CASTLE, Del. (CBS) – A New Castle County Police officer died in the line of duty after authorities say he was stabbed while responding to a disorderly person call.

Police say it was around midnight when Sgt. Joseph Szczerba, an 18-year veteran of the department, arrived in the Penn Acres community for the call. He was taking a suspect into custody when he was fatally wounded.

He was taken to Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Overnight, I received a phone call that no one should ever have to receive,” Paul G. Clark, New Castle County Executive said in a written statement. “It was with extreme shock, sadness and regret that I learned of the senseless killing of one of our county police officers in the line of duty.”

Police say two other officers were injured during the incident and also taken to Christiana. They are believed to have suffered minor injuries.

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Authorities say the suspect is in custody and the killing remains under investigation.

“This tragic event is a grim reminder of the danger our police men and women—along with our paramedics and other first responders—put themselves in every day to protect their fellow citizens,” Clark said.

Reported by Tim Jimenez, KYW Newsradio; Dray Clark, CBS-3

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  • Brenda Owens

    Prayer for Our Police

    Dear Lord Jesus and Mary, Mother of God,
    Hold all these brave souls in the palm of your hand, comfort them and their families.
    Send angels of protection, love, and comfort to all the police men and women patrolling our neighborhoods, bring them home safely.
    For those who do not make it home, we thank you God for their honor and bravery to serve their communities.

    We ask all our prayers in Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • P.Shifflett

    My thoughts & prayers goes out to the family of Officer Szazerba.May he Rest In Peace

  • kate

    RIP – may God help his wife and family through this. Know he is sitting at the right hand of God

  • Jack Watson

    Pretty sad but the possibility of getting clipped comes with the job. Deal with criminals all day and its to be expected.

    • Leigh

      shut up.

  • Carolyn

    I would like to express my condolences to the slain officer’s family!!!

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