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Salisbury Man Charged in Assault on Trooper

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SALISBURY, Md.- Maryland State Police say a Salisbury man who allegedly held a state trooper inside his car while he tried to flee a traffic stop earlier this week has been formally charged with attempted murder, assault and related offenses.

The suspect, identified as 23-year-old Harry F. Wyatt-Swift, is charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment and obstructing/hindering a police officer. 

State Police Homicide Unit investigators served the warrant on Wyatt-Swift on Wednesday afternoon at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. According to state police spokesman Greg Shipley, Wyatt-Swift is undergoing treatment for at least one gunshot wound and for injuries sustained when he subsequently ran into a utility pole guide wire and his car overturned. Wyatt-Swift was ordered held without bond and remanded to the custody of the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center. He will remain under guard by a security detail during his hospital stay, which Shipley said is expected to last at least the next several days. 

According to Shipley, Wyatt-Swift was stopped by a state trooper from the Salisbury Barrack shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday along Johnson Road in Salisbury, for speeding and suspected DUI.  Shipley said that when Wyatt-Smith attempted to flee the stop, the trooper reached in the vehicle to grab the keys. That is when, according to Shipley, that Wyatt-Swift grabbed the trooper's arm and drove off, with the trooper hanging out the driver's side window. The spokesman said that after repeated commands to stop were ignored, the trooper was in fear for his life and shot Wyatt-Swift. 

Shipley said Wyatt-Swift released the trooper and drove on Johnson Road until he struck the guide wire of a utility pole and overturned. He was taken into custody when he surrendered to police after a brief search. 

The trooper, identified as Tfc.  Richard Keidel, a five-year veteran of state police, sustained injuries and was treated and released at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, according to Shipley. Keidel has been placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation continues.

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