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Friday, March 30, 2012

Man Indicted in Shooting of Deputy

CAMBRIDGE, Del.- A Dorchester County Circuit Court grand jury has indicted a 23-year-old man for attempted first-degree murder and related charges in connection with last month's shooting in Cambridge that left a Wicomico County sheriffs deputy injured.
Tavon Dobson of Cambridge is accused of shooting 29-year-old Deputy Thomas Funk, who was a member of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force attempting to serve an arrest warrant at a home on Hubbard Street in Cambridge.
Authorities said that at the time of the warrant service, Dobson was wanted by Cambridge police for assault, theft and forgery, as well as a parole retake warrant and a violation of probation warrant. He was also wanted by Delaware State Police for burglary and violation of probation.
Maryland State Police said Funk was one of the task force members who entered the Hubbard Street home after being admitted by a female inside. Other task force members surrounded the home when police say Dobson shot at Funk.
Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis told WBOC that Funk returned gunfire and escaped out of a window and onto a roof, before jumping to the ground. Funk, who suffered a gunshot wound to his upper arm, was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury where he was treated and later released.
MSP said Dobson moved through the house, shooting at task force members outside. Police said several officers returned fire, but Dobson was not shot. A U.S. Marshals Service vehicle was hit, but no other officers than Funk were hit by gunfire.
After the shooting, a SWAT team surrounded the Hubbard Street home where Dobson had allegedly barricaded himself. After a more than two-hour stand-off with police, a Cambridge police officer was able to negotiate Dobson's surrender.
Dobson continues to be held without bond at the Dorchester County Detention Center

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