Suspect in Wythe County shooting worked for multiple Florida law enforcement agencies prior to dismissal

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UPDATE July, 10: Ricky Delk, the man who shot at two Wythe County Sheriff’s Deputies, is currently being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail.

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UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: Virginia State Police say Ricky Delk, the man who shot at two Wythe County Sheriff’s Deputies has been treated for serious injuries at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and has been released into State Police custody.

Delk has been transported to Roanoke City Jail and is being charged with eight counts of attempted capital murder, eight counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony and one count of discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling.

The State Police continue to investigate. Once their findings are complete, it will be turned over to the Commonwealth’s Attorney for final review and adjudication.


WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The WFXR News investigative team is learning more details about the family and employment history of Ricky Delk, the suspect in a Wythe County shooting that left two deputies injured.

Employment history provided to WFXR News by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Delk worked for multiple law enforcement agencies beginning in 1998 before being terminated from his position with the Daytona Beach Police Department in March 2011.

Delk began his Florida law enforcement career with the Lake Helen Police Department in 1998. About four months later, he voluntarily separated from the department for reasons unrelated to misconduct. Delk then began to work for the South Daytona Police Department in January 1999, but left the department in April of that year for failure to satisfactorily complete an agency field training program, employment records show.

Delk became employed with the Daytona Beach Police Department in June 2003. In April 2007, he transferred within the department and then transferred again in February 2008. His law enforcement career ended in March 2011 when he was terminated for violating Florida statute 943.13 (4), violating strong moral character.

Law enforcement records show prior to Delk’s dismissal, in November 2010, deputies were dispatched to Delk’s DeLand, Florida, residence in reference to a suicidal person. In that incident, Delk allegedly discharged a firearm inside a dwelling, threatened to shoot responding deputies and “commit suicide by a cop”, and was ultimately taken into custody under the Baker Act, according to the report.

A criminal complaint filed Tuesday sheds new light on what transpired in the Wythe County incident. According to the complaint, Delk was involved in a domestic disturbance on Tuesday with his wife and his mother. During the dispute, Delk allegedly brandished a firearm in front of his 3-year-old daughter, as well as his wife and mother. He also allegedly fired one round from a semi-automatic pistol in his bedroom prior to law enforcement arrival, mirroring the Florida incident from nearly a decade prior.

A 911 call was placed and according to the complaint, when law enforcement officers arrived on scene, shots were exchanged. Two deputies were injured in the shooting. One was grazed by a bullet, another was hospitalized but has since been released.

Delk was also injured in the shooting and remains hospitalized.

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