Delaware State Trooper of the Year named

A state trooper based in Kent County who survived an exchange of gunfire during a routine traffic stop in June has been named Trooper of the Year.

Cpl. Lloyd “Mike” McCann received the honor Tuesday. He was one of 11 troopers nominated, Sgt. Richard Bratz said.

During a traffic stop June 25 near Magnolia, McCann learned a suspect was wanted for multiple domestic charges. After a brief chase, the suspect — later identified as Dennis Hicks, 29 — got out of the car and fired multiple rounds at McCann, landing one on his hand and another on his cheek. McCann returned fire, killing Hicks.

Department of Justice investigators on Wednesday concluded that McCann was justified using deadly force.

McCann is recognized for his courage in the incident. McCann also was named Trooper of the Month in June and Trooper of the Second Quarter for 2014.

The trooper, who has served just over five years, is currently a patrol trooper in Kent County Troop 3, where he also trains new troopers.

McCann is recognized for his dedication to Delaware State Police, and his colleagues hope others can share their gratefulness for McCann’s dedication to the force, Bratz said.