Suspect in shooting of Wythe County deputies identified as former Florida officer

Both deputies released from hospital
Published: Jul. 8, 2020 at 3:47 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 8, 2020 at 3:35 PM EDT
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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - The suspect in a shooting involving deputies in Wythe County Tuesday night faces 17 felony charges.

Ricky Delk, a Daytona Beach, Florida police officer from 2008 to 2011, is being charged with eight counts of attempted capital murder, eight counts of use of a firearm in commission of a felony, and one count of firing a firearm inside a dwelling.

Wythe County deputies and state police responded to a call about a domestic incident at a home on 586 Whippoorwill Road around 10 p.m. The sheriff’s office said officers were walking up to the residence when two deputies were struck by gunfire in the dark. Officers returned fire, hitting the suspect, Delk.

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Sgt. Chris Coleman, a 15-year veteran, was taken to Roanoke Carilion Hospital in serious condition, and has since been released. Sheriff Keith Dunagan said Coleman was shot in the back shoulder about two inches left of his spine. The bullet nicked his vest, which the sheriff said probably saved him from more serious injury.

Another deputy, Charles Foster, has also been released after receiving treatment for a graze wound.

Delk was also taken to Roanoke Carilion Hospital and is listed in serious condition.

In 2010, Delk was arrested by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida for firing a handgun inside a home with his wife present; deputies had responded to a report of a possible suicidal person. He was also arrested for domestic battery in 2019.

Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting at the request of the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office.

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