Patrolman Chad Ernest Spicer

Patrolman Chad Ernest Spicer

Georgetown Police Department, Delaware

End of Watch Tuesday, September 1, 2009

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Chad Ernest Spicer

Patrolman Chad Spicer was shot and killed as he and his partner attempted to stop a vehicle that had been involved in a shooting a short time earlier.

The suspect's vehicle suddenly stopped and the patrol car came to a stop next to it. A rear-seat passenger in the suspect vehicle fired a single shot from inside the vehicle, striking Patrolman Spicer in the face. A ricochet from the round also struck his partner in the neck.

The shooter and the driver of the vehicle fled on foot while a third passenger remained on the scene and attempted to provide medical aid to the two officers.

The suspect who fired the shot was arrested a short time later inside of a nearby home. The second suspect turned himself in several days later. In February 2011 the suspect was convicted of murdering Patrolman Spicer and he was subsequently sentenced to death. The Delaware Supreme Court upheld the death sentence in August 2012.

Patrolman Spicer had served with the Georgetown Police Department for one year and had previously served in law enforcement for three years. He is survived by his daughter, parents, brother, two sisters, and fiancee.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 908-3

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Officer Spicer was an officer who backed me up when one of my prisoners tried to escape en route to the State DOC facility. We wrestled the subject together, and shook hands afterwards at his station, where we went to cool off for a bit. He was a decent fellow officer, and we were both so young. He was cut short in his prime.

Officer Matt Mcmullen
Dewey Beach Police

May 13, 2022

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