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Del. Man Allegedly Assaults Girlfriend Then Fires Shotgun In Direction Of Officers

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HARRINGTON, Del. (CBS) – A Felton man has been arrested after police say he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend then ran into the woods, leading officers on a nearly four hour long search.

The incident occurred Saturday afternoon after police received a 911 call from a 39-year-old woman reporting her boyfriend, Steven Tribbett, 29, assaulted her by pushing her down and placing his knee across her neck, cutting off her airway.

The female was able to escape and locked herself in her vehicle where she then called police.

By the time authorities arrived, Tribbett fled into the woods behind the residence. At one point, officials say he fired a shotgun in the direction of officers. Troopers searched for almost four hours before leaving the area around 6:30 p.m.

Tribbett showed back up near his home around 7:45 p.m. Another 911 call was placed and police arrested him in a nearby trailer without further incident.

He has been charged with reckless endangering, strangulation and resisting arrest.

He remains in jail at this time.

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