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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cambridge Residents Feel Unsafe After Standoff

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- A standoff  in a Cambridge home that left a Wicomico County sheriff's deputy injured has some residents concerned about the safety of their neighborhood.
Bystanders witnessed a tense series of events late Wednesday morning along Hubbard Street where 29-year-old Deputy Thomas Funk, who while serving with the U.S. Marshals Task Force, was attempting to serve arrest warrants.
Funk was shot in the arm during the attempt. The suspect inside of the house then locked himself in, sparking nearly a three-hour standoff.
Funk was rushed to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries
Following the incident, Conchetta Sampson said she is worried about the safety of her children, especially since they and many others in the neighborhood spend a lot of time outdoors.
Sampson said police need to be more informative when it comes to alerting residents about a potential threat to their neighborhood.
"This makes me feel terrible because I mean, I have kids that run up and down the street, you know, with people out here and it's the innocent bystanders," Sampson said. "There is just too many guns on the street. I think more stuff has to be done about that than just sitting here and having publicity out here."
The incident had some residents like Christina Ehrlich thinking twice about where they live.
Ehrlich said that she does not feel safe in the neighborhood and feels uncomfortable about even walking down the street.
"It just seems to be a lot of unnecessary drama," Ehrlich said, "And when you have kids you don't want them to be around that.You just want to be able to let them go and you shouldn't have to worry about that. So no, I do not want to stay in this neighborhood."
Both Sampson and Ehrlich expressed their concerns about the incident happening too close to an elementary school, which most of the neighborhood children attend.
The standoff, which started around 10:30 a.m., was over at around 1 p.m. when officers with the Cambridge Police Department said the suspect, 22-year-old Tavon Dobson, surrendered and was taken into custody

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