Man wanted in child rape case dies of ‘medical event’ in police car


Delaware State Police are investigating after a 72-year-old Milton man suffered a “medical event” while in their care and later died.

Police attended Old Inlet Bait and Tackle Shop near Indian River Inlet at 25012 Coastal Highway around 10 a.m. Wednesday after learning that Stanley Bradley was there. Bradley was wanted on an outstanding warrant for second-degree rape involving a child and “was very cooperative and was taken into custody without incident,” the master corporal said. Heather Pepper said in a press release.

Bradley was placed in the front seat of a police cruiser, with one detective driving and the other in the back seat, according to Pepper. As they drove north on Route 1 to Troop 3 in Camden, around Johnson Road in Lincoln, Bradley requested that they stop the car as “he thought he had a medical condition “said Pepper.

Officers “immediately pulled over and both got out of the vehicle to check on Bradley, who was now unconscious,” Pepper said. One called 911 and the other performed CPR until EMS arrived and took Bradley to the Bayhealth Sussex campus, according to Pepper.

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He died there around 6 p.m.

“Bradley had a long medical history and had been hospitalized several times over the past year for heart issues,” Pepper said.

His body was turned over to the Delaware Division of Forensic Sciences and, according to Pepper, the medical examiner ruled that Bradley died of natural causes, pending toxicology examination.

“There was nothing suspicious and no signs of trauma uncovered during the investigation,” she said.

Delaware State Police continue to investigate, pending toxicology results.

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