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Suspect Arrested In Crisfield Shooting Death

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CRISFIELD, Md. - An arrest has been made in the October 19th shooting death of Thomas Lane Edwards.

Early on the morning of October 21st, police raided two residents in the Somers Cove Apartments and took in 24 year-old Terry Clifton White in to custody.  White has been charged with 1st & 2nd Degree Murder, 1st & 2nd Degree Assault, Firearm Use in a Violent Crime, Reckless Endangerment, and Handgun on a Person.

White is being held without bail.

The Crisfield Police Department teamed up with Maryland State Police Investigators, Somerset County Sheriff's, Maryland State Police S.T.A.T.E., and Wicomico County S.E.R.T. Teams on the investigation.

Crisfield Police Chief Michael Tabor reminds people this is an active and on-going homicide investigation, again the public is urged to please contact the Crisfield Police Department with any information they have with regard to the Homicide of Thomas Lane Edwards.  

Crisfield Police Department: 410-968-1323


ORIGINAL STORY - From 10/19/2012

CRISFIELD, Md. - Shots rang out in Crisfield on Thursday night into Friday morning, leaving one man dead, a community worried for their safety, and police searching for answers.

Around 1:18 am, Crisfield Police Chief Michael Tabor said, "a resident of Somers Cove turned his rear patio light on, observed, slumped in the corner of the patio, what he believed to be a body."

The victim, Thomas Edwards, was found with multiple gunshot wounds.  Edwards had only days before been released from prison.  He was set to serve a 15-year sentence for cocaine distribution, but was released on parole October 15th, only 18 months after he started his sentence at Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover.

Officers suspect the gun battle that led to Edwards' death was indeed drug related as a controlled substance was found in his had.

Somers Cove residents said they were not only afraid for the safety of themselves and their children; they were also just tired of the negative attention being brought to their neighborhood.  

Jordan Joyner, a youth pastor in Crisfield who works with many of the children in the area said "I deal with kids everyday and on weekends and I just don't feel like they have a safe haven here anymore."

And as police search for answers, they're asking for the community's support.

"People out there know who did this crime but we need somebody to step forward to give us that information," said Chief Tabor, "we need your support to take this out of Crisfield."

As result of the incident, a curfew has been put in place on Somers Cove from 10 pm - 6 am Friday, October 19th through Sunday, October 21st.

If you have any information, officers ask you call the station at  410-968-1323.

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