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UPDATE: Salisbury Man Shot By Trooper After Fleeing Traffic Stop

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SALISBURY, Md. - A car flipped on its back and a police officer hanging out of a speeding get away car. That sums up one of the wildest rides of Trooper Richard Kiedel's life. It all began with a traffic stop along Johnson road.

According to Maryland State Police, Trooper First Class Keidel was on patrol on Johnson Road near Nevins Place, in Salisbury, when a Honda with a tag light out, reportedly sped by, around 1:30 AM. As TFC Keidel pulled behind the car, he saw the car swerve, nearly hitting a telephone pole. Police say a traffic stop was conducted, and TFC Keidel made contact with the driver who was later identified as 23-year-old Harry Wyatt-Swift of Salisbury. The Trooper smelled alcohol and proceeded to conduct a DUI investigation. 

Wyatt-Swift was instructed to get out of the car for a field sobriety test. According to the report, while the Trooper was demonstrating the tests, Wyatt-Swift ran back to his car, attempting to flee. TFC Keidel then reached into the car to try and grab the keys. Wyatt-Smith grabbed the Trooper's arm, and drove off, with the Trooper hanging out of the window. The Trooper reportedly repeatedly told Wyatt-Smith to stop the car, but the suspect apparently refused, and continued to drive down Johnson Road. Police say, the Trooper, who was in fear for his life, then fired his department issued weapon, hitting Wyatt-Swift in the abdomen and face. After being shot, the suspect apparently let go of the trooper, who fell onto the road, and kept driving.

TFC Keidel reportedly ran back to his patrol car, and called in the shooting, then took off after the Honda. According to the report, around 2 miles later, the Trooper found the Honda overturned on Johnson Road, near Eastwood Circle, after apparently hitting a telephone pole support wire. The suspect was nowhere to be seen. Additional Troopers, along with Deputies from Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, responded to the scene, and began a search for Wyatt-Swift, who a short while later, walked out of the wooded area, and surrendered.

He was treated at PRMC, awaiting a transfer to Shock Trauma in Baltimore for treatment. He remains under State Police guard. He faces charges including first and second degree attempted murder, first and second degree assault, second degree assault on a police officer, reckless endangerment, obstructing and hindering a police officer and false imprisonment. We're told additional charges may come down. TFC Keidel was treated and released from PRMC, and has been placed on leave, which is protocol, while the investigation continues.

Johnson Road was closed from Airport Road to Snow Hill Road, but has since re-opened.

We'll continue to bring more details as the are released. Stay tuned to WMDT and www.WMDT.com for the latest.

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