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Three Officers Injured And Suspect Still On The Loose In Salisbury

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Salisbury, Md. - A felony drug investigation took a violent turn Wednesday night.  A number of police officers were injured, and a local university was put on lock down.

Edwin Fletcher faces a slew of new charges, including 1st and 2nd degree attempted murder for reportedly ramming into and running over an unmarked police car, injuring three officers.

"Our search will continue until he's found," said Maryland State Police Spokesman Greg Shipley.

Edwin Fletcher is the man police believe sent three of their own to the hospital Wednesday night.

Just after 8:00 PM, officials say undercover officers were investigating the 31-year-old Salisbury man, wanted on felony drug charges.  Officers reportedly tracked him to this parking lot off of Market Street in Salisbury...surrounding him and a passenger in a rented Dodge Ram pick up.
 
Shipley says "this individual decided he didn't want to surrender.  And so he took that aggressive action against those three officers that were in that police car, ramming the front of that state police car, and injuring two state troopers and a sheriff's deputy."

Police say Fletcher then fled, and three other officers fired shots in his direction.  Soon after, that pickup was found, abandoned on Camden Avenue.

With the incident happening only about a mile from Salisbury University, the campus was put on lock down.

Christie Hurley, a junior at SU said she was worried about a friend locked down on campus "I had a friend who was like ' oh yeah, they wouldn't let me leave campus, but I left anyway '."

"We were a little worried about what could be going," says SU freshman Nathaniel Justis.

Wednesday night's incident is the third of its kind this year.

March 13th, police arrested a Delaware man in Easton after a 14 hour manhunt, but not before he shot at troopers and hid himself in a marshy area.

Just last week, a Salisbury man was killed, and another state Trooper hospitalized after the suspect reportedly dragged the trooper with his car just outside the State Police's Salisbury Barrack.

"Unfortunately we've had a couple of situations recently where's there's been aggression by the suspect towards police," says Shipley, "we hope that's an anomaly, but not some kind of trend, but I think it's an example of the danger police officers face here every day."

Police expanded the search area for Edwin Fletcher to include all of the Lower Shore of Maryland.

Law enforcement in Delaware and other neighboring areas have also been put on alert to be on the look-out for the fugitive.

The three injured officers are out of the hospital, and recovering.

The three officers who fired shots at the suspect's car have been placed on administrative leave, as is routine for this type of investigation.

The Salisbury University lock down was lifted just after midnight after campus police cleared the campus.  

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