The trooper was taken to the hospital for treatment
Elkridge, Md (KM) A driver was fatally shot early Friday by a state trooper who was being dragged along Interstate 95 in Howard County.
State Police say at around 2:00 AM, the trooper, who was working DUI enfrocement on northbound I-95, saw a Ford Escape weaving across the roadway, and initiated a traffic stop. The trooper requested backup for a field sobriety test.
The two troopers walked up to the vehicle and attempted to talk with the driver. One trooper on the driver’s side of the Escape noticed the motorist was signs of intoxication, and asked him to get out. The operator put the vehicle into drive as the trooper was reaching for the keys. The trooper was dragged by the Ford Escape about 2,000 feet down the interstate. He fired his service weapon at the driver. The trooper was thrown from the vehicle.
Fire and rescue personnel arrived on the scene and pronounced the driver deceased. He’s identified Julio Cesar Moran-Ruiz, 36, of Baltimore.
The trooper who was dragged was taken to Shock Trauma for treatment. He’s a three-year veteran whose assigned to the Waterloo Barrack.
State Police say multiple containers of alcohol were found in the Ford Escape, along with a machete under the driver’s seat.
The two troopers involved in the traffic stop have been placed on administrative leave while an investigation takes place.
By Kevin McManus