Delaware State Police Press Release Re: Fugitive Brian Holben
* Update * – State Police Detectives Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting
Date Posted: Friday, December 1st, 2023
In a coordinated effort with allied law enforcement agencies, Delaware State Police located Brian Holben, the attempted murder suspect involved in the officer-involved shooting, on Tuesday. The culmination of investigative efforts led to the execution of a search warrant on Thursday afternoon, resulting in the discovery of Holben’s deceased body in Maryland.
On Thursday, November 30, 2023, at approximately 4:00 p.m., Maryland State Police, in collaboration with the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, assisted Delaware State Police detectives by serving a search warrant for Holben. The operation aimed to apprehend Holben, who had fired a gun at Delaware State Police detectives on November 28, 2023. Through investigative means, detectives learned of Holben’s location inside a camper, situated on a property at the 13000 block of Holly Road, Greensboro, Maryland.
During the execution of the search warrant, it was confirmed that Holben was inside the camper. Despite attempts to get him to surrender, Holben barricaded himself inside. Subsequent efforts to negotiate his surrender were unsuccessful. When police entered the camper, they discovered Holben with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Original Delaware State Police Press Release Re: Fugitive Brian Holben
State Police Detectives Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting
Date Posted: Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
The Delaware State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in Greenwood last night.
On November 28, 2023, at approximately 9:27 p.m., members of the Kent County Governor’s Task Force and Probation and Parole located 27-year-old Brian Holben of Greenwood, Delaware, operating a Jeep Cherokee in the parking lot of 4937 Hickman Road in Greenwood. Holben is a known fugitive with multiple warrants for his arrest. After detectives initiated a traffic stop on the Jeep, Holben attempted to flee by using his Jeep to push two State Police vehicles out of the way. Detectives then attempted to remove Holben from the Jeep, but he pointed a handgun at a detective and fired. Detectives returned fire at Holben before he fled on foot into a wooded area and, at this time, he has not been located. No one was injured as a result of this incident.
The investigation is still active and attempts to locate Holben are ongoing. If you come across Holben, please stay away from him, as he is considered to be armed and dangerous. We urge the public to call 9-1-1 immediately if he is located. Holben is wanted for the following crimes.
Attempted Murder 1st (Felony)
Reckless Endangering 1st (Felony) – 2 counts
Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony (Felony)
Possession of a Firearm by a Person Prohibited (Felony)
As per Delaware State Police standard operating procedures, the troopers who fired their weapons have been placed on administrative leave. An investigation will be conducted regarding the use of force.