UPDATE #1 – Arrest & Name Release – Shooting on Ethan Allen Court

During the course of this investigation, detectives determined that this shooting resulted from an altercation between roommates.  During the course of the altercation, one of the roommates, Desmond Elliott, 26, introduced a handgun. The other roommate, James Harland, 35, was shot multiple times by Elliott and died from his injuries. During the course of the altercation between Elliott and Harland, Elliott also suffered a gunshot wound to the wrist and was admitted to an area hospital.

Elliott was charged today by Newark Police with the following offenses:

  • Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (2 counts)
  • Receiving a Stolen Firearm

Elliott appeared before Justice of the Peace Court #11 by video from his hospital bed.  He was released on $43,000 unsecured bail.

This case remains under investigation by Newark Police detectives.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. A. Whitt at (302) 366-7100 x. 3483 or awhitt@newark.de.us.  Additional methods for providing information to Newark Police can be found on our tips page, where reward information may also be available.

Original Release

Desmond Elliott