ELKRIDGE, Md. (WJZ) — One man is dead after being shot by a Maryland State trooper overnight after police said he attempted to flee a traffic stop in Howard County.
The incident happened at 2 a.m. Friday on northbound I-95 near Rt. 100 in Elkridge. The interstate remained closed between Routes 100 and 195 for police activity throughout the morning, reopening around 9 a.m.
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Police said a trooper tried to stop a suspected impaired driver after seeing a red Ford Escape weaving across multiple lanes of I-95. The driver pulled over to the right shoulder.
The trooper requested backup for a field sobriety test and began to approach the driver’s side of the car. State police said a second trooper then arrived and approached from the passenger side.
According to police, the first trooper on scene asked the driver to exit the vehicle but he refused and instead put the vehicle in drive. Police said the trooper then reached into the car to remove the keys from the ignition, but the suspect accelerated, dragging the trooper more than 2,000 feet down the interstate. The trooper yelled at the driver to stop over and over again.
Police said the trooper feared for his life and shot the driver. Police said the trooper was then thrown from the car and into the center median. Another trooper found him not far from where the car eventually came to a stop.
The trooper, a three-year veteran, suffered injuries to his lower extremities and was taken to Shock Trauma for treatment. He was treated and released.
The driver was a Hispanic male who has not yet been identified and had no identification on him, according to police. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said troopers found multiple alcohol containers inside the vehicle and a machete under the driver’s seat.
Both troopers at the scene were placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues. There is dash cam video of the incident that will be under review, but the trooper was not wearing a body camera.
Due to the extensive area of the scene along northbound I-95, morning traffic had to be diverted around the area. MDOT State Highway Administration personnel responded to assist with detours.
Police plan to hold a press briefing at 10:30 a.m. Friday.