Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said Kimberly Delk is a DeLand police officer. She no longer works there.
Armed with two handguns, a Daytona Beach policeman tried to kill himself and told his spouse — a former DeLand police officer — that he would shoot other cops if they came into his residence Thursday morning, a Volusia County sheriff's report shows.
When Daytona Beach Officer Ricky Delk's wife, Kimberly Delk, called 9-1-1 to get him taken into custody under the state's Baker Act, he went into a bedroom of the family's home and fired at least one shot into the ceiling, a sheriff's report shows.
As a result, Ricky Delk was charged with discharging a weapon into a dwelling, a felony, sheriff's officials said Thursday.
The episode unfolded just after 7 a.m. when Kimberly Delk told her husband she no longer loved him, the report states.
The couple has been having problems, Kimberly Delk told deputies.
Court records show a document concerning a domestic violence case was filed at the DeLand courthouse likely late Wednesday. It names Kimberly Delk as the plaintiff and Ricky Delk as the defendant. The filing date of the case shows it was filed on Thursday, but the courthouse was closed because of the Veterans Day holiday.
At one point during Thursday's ordeal, Kimberly Delk tackled her husband and wrested one of two weapons from his hands. The gun she grabbed was Ricky Delk's .40-caliber Glock service weapon, the report states.
The wife emptied the weapon and put it out of Ricky Delk's reach. By this time, a few sheriff's deputies were assembling outside the Delks' house.
When Ricky Delk uttered that he would shoot at the officers if they tried to come into his home and therefore commit suicide by cop, Kimberly Delk reloaded her husband's service gun and threatened to shoot him, the report shows.
Kimberly Delk told deputies she never pointed the firearm at her husband but made him aware that if he shot at fellow law enforcement officers, she would have to shoot him, the report states.
After threatening her husband, Kimberly Delk grabbed her personal weapon, as well as her husband's service gun, shoved both into a backpack, and ran outside in her pajamas, sheriff's officials said.
Deputies were finally able to coax an unarmed Ricky Delk from inside his house just after 7:30.
According to the report, Ricky Delk, who served in Iraq in 2004, had been taking the medication Abilify, but suffered an adverse reaction to that and was placed on Wellbutrin. Abilify is usually prescribed to treat bipolar disease and schizophrenia, while Wellbutrin is often used for major depressive disorder, the websites for the medications say.
Kimberly Delk wanted her husband taken into custody under the state's Baker Act, which is meant to protect an individual who is harmful to himself or others. Usually the person is kept under observation for at least 72 hours in a local treatment center.
Thursday night, however, Ricky Delk was transferred from ACT Pine Grove to the Volusia County Branch Jail where he is being held without bail.
Kimberly Delk told deputies that early Thursday her husband awoke from a nightmare and told her he had dreamed of committing suicide. Sometime later, however, Ricky Delk woke up again and asked his wife if she loved him, the report shows.
When she said no, he reached over and grabbed a Glock 9mm handgun that was under Kimberly Delk's pillow, the report shows. Ricky Delk then told his wife that he could not live without her and if she died, their daughter would be left without parents, the report states.
Daytona Beach police officials did not respond to a message asking for information about Ricky Delk.