SALISBURY, Md. (WUSA9) - A Maryland man was shot early Tuesday morning by a Maryland state trooper in a traffic stop that turned violent early Tuesday morning, police said.
Harry Wyatt-Swift, 23, of Salisbury, had been pulled over and asked to do a sobriety field test at around 1:30 a.m., police said.
Wyatt-Swift then got back into his car and tried to drive away, police said. When the Trooper, Richard Keidel, tried to stop Wyatt-Swift from pulling over, Wyatt-Swift drove away, while grabbing onto the Keidel while speeding away, police said.
"In fear for his life, TFC Keidel fired his Department-issued .40 caliber pistol. Wyatt-Smith was struck in the abdomen and in the side of his face. The suspect let go of the trooper, who fell to the roadway as the car continued on," police said in a news release.
Wyatt-Smith was rushed to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was later taken, by ambulance, to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
"TFC Keidel sustained injuries and was treated and released at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center. As is procedure in police involved shootings, he has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues," police said.