Bishopville man killed in standoff with police

He rammed stolen truck into patrol car after chase

July 05, 2004|By Kelly Brewington | Kelly Brewington,SUN STAFF

Maryland State Police troopers fatally shot a man in Bishopville on Saturday evening who authorities said stole a truck, rammed it into a patrol car and led troopers on a chase through a rural stretch of Worcester County.

Kelly Kennis Damron, 40, of Rising Sun died at the scene of the standoff at Route 113 and Bishopville Road, about 15 miles northwest of Ocean City.

Damron was arrested on driving under the influence and assault charges June 16 and had been released on bond on those charges from Snow Hill Detention Center on Saturday afternoon, just hours before stealing a Ford pickup and fleeing from officers, police said.

Tfc. Howard Kennard, a seven-year veteran, and Tfc. Christopher Davala, who has been a state trooper for six years, were involved in the shooting. Cpl. Rob Moroney, a state police spokesman, said he did not know which trooper fired the fatal shots.

Both troopers, who are stationed at the police office in Berlin, are on administrative leave, pending investigations.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit and the Worcester County Bureau of Investigations are reviewing the shooting. The state police are also conducting an internal investigation.

Snow Hill police notified authorities about 6 p.m. about a stolen Ford pickup with a firearm inside, Moroney said. Berlin police Sgt. J.D. Lawson noticed the truck traveling north on Route 113 and tried to stop it, Moroney said.

Two state trooper cruisers - one marked and the other unmarked - joined Lawson in chasing the truck for about 10 miles north on two-lane Route 113, he said.

Just north of Bishopville Road, the pickup rammed into the marked state police patrol car. It veered out of control and struck the median guardrail, Moroney said.

The officers told the suspect to exit the vehicle. However, Damron revved the engine and put the truck in reverse, Moroney said.

One of the troopers was standing behind the patrol car when the truck came at him, said Moroney. That's when the other trooper opened fire, he said.

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