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Man shot after driving car at officer on Eastern Shore, police say

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 12:48:34-04

A man who drove a reportedly stolen car and struck an officer was shot and wounded by that officer in Dorchester County, Maryland State Police said.

Preliminary investigations show that around 12:30 a.m. Friday, Cambridge PD officers responded to a domestic dispute in progress in the 700 block of St. Clair Avenue. The 27-year-old suspect's mother said he was chasing his naked girlfriend down the street. 

Officers found the girlfriend, who said the suspect, a Cambridge man, stole her car, a Chrysler 200. The suspect was then spotted driving the car in the area, but he ignored police attempts to stop him, so police pursued. During the chase, the man tried to ram a police car, police said. 

Police tried to stop the man's driving by blocking his path down a one-way street near Douglas and High Streets. Police said the man slowed down or stopped as the officer shouted at him to get out of the car and get on the ground. Instead, the man accelerated forward and struck the officer. 

Fearing for his life, the officer fired his gun, a department issued .40 caliber Glock 22 pistol, at the suspect. The man kept driving, striking the officers foot and leg.

The man was captured a short time later. Officers saw he was shot and began administering aid. A Maryland State Police helicopter flew him to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he is under police guard while being treated. Charges against him are pending. 

The officer involved is a four-year veteran of the Cambridge Police Department. He was taken to Dorchester General Hospital for his injuries.