Jhareed Ayers was taken into custody on Pinetown Road

UPDATE: Delaware State Police have arrested a suspect who allegedly shot at his nephews in Lewes on Monday, June 25.

On Friday, July 20, members of the Sussex County Governor's Task Force responded to Pinetown Road in Lewes in an attempt to locate Ayers, but he fled as officers arrived. He was spotted in the same area on Wednesday, July 25 and this time taken into custody without incident. 

Ayers was charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm within 10 years of prior conviction of a felony, possession of a firearm or ammunition by a person prohibited, six counts of second-degree reckless endangering and resisting arrest.  He was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $10,000 secured bond.


Delaware State Police are investigating a complaint of shots fired and are seeking the public's assistance in locating the suspect.

The incident occurred on Monday, June 25, at around 4 p.m., when troopers were dispatched to the 30000 block of Pine Town Road in Lewes. It was discovered that 18-year-old Jhareed Ayers had fired one round from a sawed-off shotgun at his three nephews, two 17-year-olds and one 13-year-old, who were standing outside of the residence. Also in the area when this incident occurred were three bystanders, ages 9, 63 and 70. Further investigation revealed that there are ongoing issues between Ayers and his nephews. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.

Prior to the troopers' arrival, Ayers had fled the area on foot. Troopers have been unable to located Ayers, who is wanted for six counts of second-degree reckless endangering, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm within 10 Years of a prior felony conviction and possession of ammunition by a person prohibited.

Delaware State Police request anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jhareed Ayers to contact Troop 7 at 302-644-5020. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.