Anthony Hammond,

3:50 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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ELKTON, Md. (WUSA) --  A Cecil County man was fatally shot by a Maryland state trooper Thursday morning after when a car and foot chase.

According to state police, 41-year-old Anthony A. Hammond, Jr. of Elkton died after fleeing a trooper, crashing into a parked vehicle and then running to a home.

Police say it all started when Trooper First Class Michael Cox. TFC Cox, am eight-year veteran of the Maryland State Police, saw Hammond's Dodge Durango in the area of Winchester Drive shortly before 1:30 a.m. The trooper knew Hammond was wanted on several warrants so he started to follow the Durango.

The Durango driver sped away before the trooper activated his lights, say police. The driver then turned off the car lights and drove about a mile to the 300 block of Willow Drive. The Durango struck a parked car and the driver jumped out and fled on foot. A passenger in the vehicle also fled on foot.

The trooper saw Hammond kick in the door of home in a townhouse community. The trooper followed Hammond, but didn't know who lived in the home, and ordered Hammond several times to surrender.

According to the investigation so far, Hammond turned and ran toward the trooper when the trooper entered the home. No evidence suggest Hammond was carrying a weapon. Hammond reportedly attempted to disarm the trooper of his weapon, a Glock 22 .40 caliber pistol. The trooper feared for his life and fired, shooting Hammond in the upper torso. 

Hammond was later pronounced dead.

Investigators learned Hammond was living at the home with his sister and her family. Six other people were at the home at the time of the shooting, but no one else was injured.

According to state police investigators, some family members say that  they heard the trooper giving verbal commands before the shooting.

Hammond was wanted on eight warrants for criminal charges in Maryland and warrants for criminal charges in Delaware. The Maryland charges include three failure to appear bench warrants, as well as warrants for theft, credit card offenses, attempting to elude police, and telephone misuse/harassment. 

State police say Hammond was also driving on a revoked driver's license.

Trooper Cox has been placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation continues.

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