Driver shot by deputy at Cecil Co. drug bust

Woman allegedly struck state trooper with vehicle

September 26, 2004|By Laura Loh | Laura Loh,SUN STAFF

A woman was shot by a Cecil County sheriff's deputy Friday evening after authorities said she struck a state trooper with a car in an attempt to escape from a drug bust at a Perryville home, authorities said.

According to state police, the shooting occurred after a drug task force made up of agents from several law enforcement agencies served a warrant at a house about 6:30 p.m.

Police arrested Robert O. Mills III, 61, and his wife, Tamika D. Mills, 31, after finding drug paraphernalia and small amounts of cocaine and heroin in their house in the 500 block of Cecil Ave.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in yesterday's editions incorrectly described who fired the shot that wounded a woman fleeing the scene of a drug bust in Cecil County. A state trooper and a county sheriff's deputy fired after the woman's car struck the trooper, and it has not been determined which shot hit her, state police said yesterday. In addition, the trooper, not the deputy, was treated for injuries at a Delaware hospital.
The Sun regrets the errors.

During the search, several people called the house asking for drugs, police said. One caller said he was on his way to bring more drugs to the house.

A short time later, two men knocked at the door. When police identified themselves, one of the men ran away. The other, Dyrle E. Griffin, 25, of the 3400 block of Keston Road in Baltimore County was detained and later found to be wanted on assault and burglary charges.

Meanwhile, a state trooper and sheriff's deputy ran from the house to confront the driver of a Chrysler Sebring in which the two men had arrived.

When the trooper identified himself and ordered the driver, Anne M. Fox, 22, to get out of the car, she allegedly drove the car into him, striking him in the legs. She then aimed the car at the deputy, who avoided being struck by shooting at her through the windshield, according to the state police account.

The driver sped off and was arrested about a mile away after she stopped for help at a store at U.S. 40 and Route 222.

She was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center for a minor flesh wound caused when a bullet grazed her left ear, said Maj. Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman. The deputy was treated at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., for a broken foot and bruises.

Fox, of the first block of Williams Lane in Conowingo, was charged with two counts each of first-degree and second-degree assault and was being held on $75,000 bail at the Cecil County Detention Center. The Millses were charged with possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia and maintaining a home used in the distribution of drugs.

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