UPDATE: Wyatt-Smith has been charged with attempted first degree murder, attempted second degree murder, first and second degree assault, second degree assault on a law enforcement officer, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, an obstructing/hindering a police officer.
Original story below…
A Wicomico County man is being treated for injuries sustained early Tuesday morning when he was shot by a Maryland State Trooper as he tried to flee from a traffic stop with the officer still in his vehicle.
Harry F. Wyatt-Swift, 23, of Salisbury, is currently being treated at Shock Trauma after being shot twice.
Charges against him are pending and are expected to be filed later today.
Just after 1:10 a.m. ET Tuesday morning, Trooper Richaed Keidel was patrolling along Johnson Road near Nevins Place in Wicomico County when he saw a car that was speeding and had a tag light out.
The trooper then saw driver swerve and almost hit a telephone pole.
Keidel stopped the car and smelled alcohol on Wyatt-Swift’s breath.
After the trooper had Wyatt-Smith get out of his car, he began to perform a field sobriety test. The suspect then got back into his car and tried to flee.
The trooper reached into the car and tried to take the keys, but Wyatt-Smith pulled off with the officer hanging out the window.
After Wyatt-Smith repeatedly refused to stop, the trooper fired at him twice, striking the suspect in the abdomen and on the side of his face.
Keidel ran back to his patrol vehicle, called in the shooting and followed the suspect, who was briefly able to continue on.
About two miles later, the trooper found the suspect’s car, where it had apparently struck a telephone pole support wire and overturned on Johnson Road east of Eastwood Circle.
The suspect was not in the vehicle.
After a brief search, Wyatt-Smith came out of the woods and surrendered.
Trooper Keidel has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues, as is customary in police-involved shootings.