A 30-year-old man has been charged in the brutal beating death of a Delaware police officer.
Delmar Police Officer Corporal Keith Heacook responded to a call for help on Sunday morning, after his alleged would-be killer apparently assaulted an elderly couple. When he arrived on the scene, he was brutally beaten and repeatedly kicked in the head while on the ground unconscious, police say.
Heacook’s unconscious body was found by other law enforcement officials following the attack. He was rushed to a nearby trauma center, where he was put on a ventilator and had a shunt inserted into his skull, according to the Salisbury Daily Times.
Authorities confirmed Wednesday that the officer died from his injuries, including severe head trauma.
Hospital officials in Baltimore pronounced Heacook clinically deceased, though he still remained on life support. The officer’s organs will be donated.
“I need you to know that even with his sacrifice, he’s still a hero for someone,” said Delmar Police Chief Ivan Barkley.
Suspect Randon Wilkerson has