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Police: Suspect Was Killed by Shot From Officer

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SALISBURY, Md.- Maryland State Police say an investigation has determined that a man killed during a during a traffic stop in Salisbury was struck by a bullet fired by an officer's gun. 

Troopers announced Wednesday that an autopsy on the body of James L. Norris, 25, of Wilmington, Del., showed he died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Investigators said Norris fired a gun in his jacket picket, but was not hit.

Norris was killed at around 4:30 p.m. Monday after troopers and members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team stopped him on North Salisbury Boulevard. Police in Wilmington had asked Maryland authorities for help in finding Norris, who was wanted on handgun charges.

When Officer Milton Rodriguez, an MSAT member and 18-year veteran of the Salisbury Police Department spoke to Norris, he put both hands in his jacket pockets, according to police. When the officer told Norris not to, police said Norris stated that one of them would die, prompting the officer to pull his gun.

Troopers said an examination of the wound, clothing, and other evidence by pathologists, crime scene technicians and investigators has led them to conclude Norris did fire the gun held in his right hand jacket pocket, but he was not struck by that round.  Investigators believe the round that struck Norris was fired from the gun of Rodriguez.  

However, troopers said they believe one round was fired by Norris and one round was fired by the officer.  One projectile was recovered from the car Norris was in, but investigators said the other round has not yet been located.  Ballistic examination of the recovered round will be conducted in an attempt to determine from whose gun it was fired, police said.

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