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Maryland police nab Delaware man after traffic stop, shoot out

Alert Easton citizens in the area along Glebe Creek Road were instrumental in helping a police dragnet close in on a Delaware suspect wanted for shooting at police officers.

The incident began after a late night traffic stop at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Route 404 near the approach to Route 50 as a state trooper observed a man in a Hyundai speeding and possibly impaired behind the wheel and initiated a traffic stop. The man allegedly provided the trooper with a false name, claiming not to have identification. The trooper's suspicions were heightened when the man asked if he were calling for backup before fleeing the area in his vehicle.

After police in pursuit deployed stop sticks, the Milford, Delaware man bailed from his car east of Hiners Lane, dashing on foot across Route 50 and onto a golf course, with four troopers in pursuit.

At one point, the fugitive mounted a chain link fence, pulled a gun and fired at officers, who then returned fire. None were hit by gunfire during the exchange.

The suspect was able to elude police that night and into the next day. Reverse 911 calls were sent out to alert residents to his presence in the area, and several residents reported sightings, including one woman who called police after the man knocked on her door the following morning.

Police were able to establish a perimeter and confine the man to a swampy marshland where he was eventually surrounded and surrendered without incident.

The man faces felony criminal charges that include two counts of attempted first- and second-degree murder, reckless endangerment, two counts of first- and second-degree assault and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony/violent crime and multiple traffic charges.

Getting stopped by police can be a frightening experience, especially if one knows there are warrants already out for his or her arrest or if he or she is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, compounding the crime by fleeing and/or fighting with or assaulting police is not a good option.

If you are detained by police, cooperate and stop but provide them with no information other than your name. Assert your right to remain silent after requesting to speak with a Maryland criminal defense attorney who can see that your rights are not violated and advocate for your release.

Source: My Eastern Shore MD, "Driver faces attempted murder charges" Henley Moore and Josh Bollinger, Mar. 14, 2014

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