Corporal Christopher Michael Shea

Corporal Christopher Michael Shea

Delaware State Police, Delaware

End of Watch Sunday, July 18, 2004

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Christopher Michael Shea

Corporal Christopher Shea was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver.

Corporal Shea was on patrol at approximately 2:00 am, traveling southbound on State Route 1 near Route 206, outside Milford, when his patrol car was struck head-on by a vehicle traveling north in the southbound lanes. That intoxicated driver was fleeing the scene of an accident he had been involved in.

The corporal was taken to Milford Memorial Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

The responsible driver was also killed in the collision.

Corporal Shea has served with the Delaware State Police for four years and was assigned to Troop 7. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, and parents.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 348

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Killed in collision

DUI, patrol

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By chance I was in my car today waiting to go into the Rite Aid store. I saw a young man visiting in the cemetery next door. I will not go into detail I will say I was VERY touched. I cried for the pain I saw. When I returned to the store. I looked at the name on the headstone and saw it was Chris Shea. I immediately felt so much heart break! See for my entire childhood my father was a policeman. Every time he walked out that door I was overcome with fear and dread that he wouldn't come home to us! Then when I wS 11 2 of hus colleagues were murdered in cold blood! So I know how it is for families of law enforcement! Later that same year my oldest sibling was killed in a auto accident. It was after that my father quit law enforcement. I was 12 by then.

Frances R. Scholl
Local citizen

April 28, 2022

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