Del. police officer declared ‘clinically dead’ days after being attacked

Cpl. Keith Heacook was seriously wounded while responding to a fight and will be taken off life support

Duty Death: Keith Heacook - [Delmar, Delaware]

End of Service: 04/28/2021


By Suzie Ziegler 

DELMAR, Del. — A Delaware police department is in mourning after it became clear that one of their officers was not going to pull through. 

According to NBC 10, Cpl. Keith Heacook was declared “clinically dead” Wednesday and will be taken off life support after his organs are donated. Heacook was seriously injured on Sunday while responding a fight in progress. Officers later found Heacook unconscious inside the residence. At the time, authorities said Heacook was “fighting for his life.” Police also said an elderly couple – who were the suspect’s neighbors – were “significantly injured,” according to NBC 10. 

Heacook was a 22-year veteran of the Delmar Police Department. He is survived by his wife and his son, reported NBC 10. 

The suspect, 30-year-old Randon Wilkerson, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, possession of a deadly weapon during commission of a felony, burglary, assault and terroristic threatening. Officials told NBC 10 that Wilkerson’s charges will be upgraded to include murder.

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