Del. man dies after he is shot by Md. trooper

Driver dragged officer when he left traffic stop

June 28, 1999|By Amy Oakes | Amy Oakes,SUN STAFF

A 41-year-old Delaware man died late Saturday night after he was shot in the left shoulder by a Maryland state trooper who was dragged down a Cecil County road hanging from the man's truck after a traffic stop, police said.

Maurice K. Moore Jr. of the 2700 block of Frenchtown Road in Newark, Del., was pronounced dead at Union Hospital in Elkton, police said. An autopsy will be performed, a spokeswoman for the Maryland State Police said.

Trooper Raymond Lynn, who has been on the force three years, was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, Herman said.

Lynn stopped Moore about 8: 25 p.m. on Hutton Road south of Frenchtown Road, near Elkton, for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Lynn asked the man to perform field sobriety tests, but the man refused, police said.

When Lynn returned to his patrol car to get a breath testing device, Moore got back in his 1993 GMC pickup truck, police said.

Lynn ran back to the truck, opened the door and tried to pull the man out, police said. But during the struggle, Moore began driving and dragged the trooper nearly a quarter mile north on Hutton Road, police said. Lynn fired several shots at the driver, striking him once in the shoulder, police said.

The trooper fell from the truck, which continued down the road about a tenth of a mile, veered off and came to a rest in a wooded area near a vacant building.

Lynn radioed for help and then administered first aid -- including cardiopulmonary resuscitation -- on Moore until emergency personnel arrived, police said.

The trooper was also taken to Union Hospital, where he was treated for shoulder and leg injuries and released.

Pub Date: 6/28/99

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