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Monday, May 7, 2012

Man Charged in Assault of 2 Salisbury Police Officers

SALISBURY, Md.- Maryland State Police say a 21-year-old Princess Anne man who was shot after driving toward two Salisbury police officers over the weekend has been charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder.
According to MSP, early Sunday morning two uniformed Salisbury police officers saw a southbound 2000 Ford Expedition cross the centerline, nearly missing their marked patrol car while traveling northbound on Route 13 near Main Street. They said the officers then turned around, activated their emergency lights and attempted to stop the vehicle.
MSP said the driver, later identified as Tremont P. Wright, failed to stop, continuing to drive erratically while almost hitting several pedestrians and failing to comply with multiple traffic signals in the process.
According to MSP, a third Salisbury police officer monitoring the pursuit positioned his vehicle to the far right of the road on Camden Avenue near South Boulevard. MSP said the vehicle Wright was driving struck the officer's patrol car, disabling it. Despite his vehicle sustaining damage, MSP said Wright continued driving south on Camden Avenue.
Authorities said Wright's vehicle swerved off the road and struck an embankment at Pine Bluff Road about a mile later, with the two officers that attempted to make the initial stop in pursuit.
According to the initial investigation, MSP said the two officers got out of their patrol car while giving Wright verbal commands to surrender, at which time Wright accelerated his vehicle in reverse toward them.
MSP said that, in fear for their lives, both officers fired their department-issued Glock .45 caliber pistols toward Wright, whose vehicle then rammed the patrol car, coming to a rest.
According to MSP, the officers took Wright, the sole occupant of the vehicle, into custody and called for emergency medical services to respond. MSP said Wright was observed to be exhibiting signs of intoxication. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital.
MSP said none of the officers involved were injured but underwent hospital examination as a precaution. All three were subsequently released.
Troopers said the vehicle Wright was driving is registered to his mother.
The Salisbury Police Department is conducting an administrative investigation into the incident. Both officers who fired their pistols have been placed on administrative leave, which is procedure in police-involved shootings.

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