Former police officer accused of shooting Wythe County deputies in 2020 sentenced to 25 years

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A man accused of shooting and injuring two Wythe County deputies in July 2020 pled guilty to numerous charges — including attempted capital murder — on Tuesday, receiving a sentence of 25 years in prison.

On July 7, 2020, the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and state troopers were called out to 586 Whippoorwill Road shortly before 10 p.m. for a report of a domestic dispute between Rick Madison Delk and his wife.

However, when deputies arrived, Delk reportedly fired at them. Authorities say Deputy Chris Coleman was shot in the back and a bullet grazed Chief Deputy Charles Foster in his right arm. However, Delk was also injured in the shooting,

Delk was also police officer in Florida before he was fired in 2011 after he allegedly threatened to shoot deputies at his home.

According to Wythe Circuit Court records, Delk pled guilty on Tuesday, Sept. 14 to 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.

A judge then sentenced Delk to serve 25 years in prison, court records say. You can read the breakdown of Delk’s sentence below:

  • Eight counts of attempted capital murder of a police officer: 50 year sentence with 50 years suspended for each count, for a total of zero years
  • Eight counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony (first offense): Three year sentence for each count, for a total of 24 years
  • One count of discharging a firearm in or at an occupied dwelling: 10 year sentence with nine years suspended, for a total of one year

In addition, Delk is set to spend 10 years on probation when he is released from prison.

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