(DENTON, MD) – An off-duty state trooper is being treated for injuries he sustained when he apparently confronted vandalism suspects in a car and was dragged by the car when the driver accelerated and fled the scene in Caroline County earlier this evening.
Maryland State Police are still investigating the incident. Details are incomplete at this time.
The trooper is an eight-year veteran of the Maryland State Police assigned to the Easton Barrack. He is currently undergoing treatment at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where hospital officials say he is listed in critical condition.
The preliminary investigation by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division indicates that at about 7:15 p.m. today, the trooper was traveling off-duty in the area of 7th Street and Market Street in Denton when he observed several people in a car ahead of him who appeared to be involved in some type of vandalism. The trooper exited his car and approached the car ahead of him on foot.
While the trooper was talking with the three individuals in the car, all apparently juveniles, preliminary information indicates the driver accelerated and the trooper was somehow dragged by the vehicle an undetermined distance down the road. The trooper became dislodged from the vehicle and fell to the roadway. The suspect vehicle fled the scene.
The trooper was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to the Shock Trauma Center. State and local police began a search for the suspect vehicle. A suspect vehicle has been located and three individuals are currently being questioned by State Police investigators.
No further information is available at this time. Additional information will be provided when it becomes available, probably at some point tomorrow morning.
The investigation is continuing.
Maryland State Police