Sergeant Joseph Szczerba New Castle County Police Department, Delaware EoW: Friday, September 16, 2011

Sergeant Joseph Szczerba | New Castle County Police Department, DelawareNew Castle County Police Department, Delaware

Sergeant Joseph Szczerba

New Castle County Police Department, Delaware
End of Watch: Friday, September 16, 2011

Biographical Info

Tour of Duty: 18 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Stabbed
Date of Incident: September 16, 2011
Weapon Used: Edged weapon; Knife
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Agency Contact Information

Colonel Michael McGowan
New Castle County Police Department
3601 N DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720
Phone: (302) 573-2800

Sergeant Joe Szczerba was fatally stabbed while struggling with a suspect shortly after midnight.
Sergeant Szczerba had responded to backup other officers who were searching for a disorderly man near Penn Acres Park. He located the man at the East Roosevelt Avenue and Fithian Drive and, after a short foot chase, began to struggle with him. During the struggle the subject pulled out a knife and stabbed Sergeant Szczerba in the neck.
Other officers were able to take the subject into custody. Sergeant Szczerba was transported to Christiana Hospital where he succumbed to the wound.
Sergeant Szczerba had served with the New Castle County Police Department for 18 years.

A New Castle County Police Officer was killed early this morning during a struggle with the suspect in a disorderly conduct complaint, say police.

Police say an 18-year veteran of the New Castle County Police Department was called to the Penn Acres community of Wilmington Manor, near New Castle, around midnight.

The officer, whose name has not officially been released was fatally stabbed during a struggle with the man near Roosevelt Avenue and Fithian Drive, police say.

The officer was attempting to take the suspect into custody when he was fatally wounded in what’s normally a quiet suburban community.

The officer was taken to the Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Officers lined the streets as his body was escorted in a procession to the medical examiners office.

The suspect is currently in police custody. His name has not yet been released.

New Castle Co. Executive Paul G. Clark called the killing ‘senseless,’ in a statement on the incident and said he had met with the officer’s family.

"My deepest sympathies go out to the family, to his fellow officers, and to all who knew him," Clark said. "We mourn the loss of this brave and dedicated public servant, and I ask everyone to pray for him and his loved ones."


7 Responses to “Sergeant Joseph Szczerba New Castle County Police Department, Delaware EoW: Friday, September 16, 2011”

  1. 1 tony September 16, 2011 at 12:20

    wow !! its so sad that it had to come to this …but only god knows …may he rest in peace .god bless him and family .

  2. 2 Barbara September 16, 2011 at 14:37

    My heart goes out to the family of this brave man. My prayers are with the family and fellow officers. Many people do not realize how much our police officers sacrifice to keep us safe.

  3. 3 Dawn September 16, 2011 at 15:43

    My thoughts and prayer to Sergeant Joseph Szczerba’s family.

  4. 4 Tom Farrell September 16, 2011 at 23:41

    To Joe’s Family, Friends and fellow officers,
    I offer my sincere condolences and I will pray that the lord will help you through this extremely difficult time in your lives. I am confident that in time your pain will eventually turn to pride for Joe who gave his life trying to make the world a little safer for his community. Rest in Peace Brother and may God have mercy on you soul!


  5. 5 mary sopczynski sheeran September 17, 2011 at 08:09

    my name is mary …i want to say that Joe Szczerba went straight to Heaven because he is a martyr and hero…i am pretty sure that my brother Joe Sop played football at Villanova with Joseph Zsczerba’s brothers Eddie and Steve…that makes me so sad for them as well…i will send my prayers . i have contacted my brother to tell him.

  6. 6 john September 22, 2011 at 22:47

    i am a bail enforc.agent in delaware.we are all feeling the lose any time a member of service is lost we all feel it. joe you will never be forgotten my prayers go out to his family and all the other officers .may he rest in peace. lord please watch over him.maythe lord be with wife and family.

  7. 7 Dorene October 4, 2011 at 06:55

    Officer Szczerba was not only a police officer but a compassionate and caring human being as was shown in his love for all the feral cats that he cared for. A way to show respect for him would be to continue caring for the cats at the New Castle County Maintenance Base as has been done for the past 30 years. Instead, they recently have stopped doing so and a sign has gone up saying “Do not feed the cats”. Is this how we now show our respect for Officer Szczerba now? What would he think and say about this? Contact representative Paul Clark and let him know that this is not the way to honor such a great man. In the meantime, may God bless Officer Szczerba and his family.

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