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Armed Fugitive Arrested in Salisbury Following Police Chase

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SALISBURY, Md. (WBOC)- An armed fugitive is in custody after leading police on a pursuit through Wicomico County Thursday morning.

Maryland State Police said members of the Apprehension Team and the State Police Criminal Enforcement Division were searching for Deshawn D. Darling, 38, on the 300-block of Pryor Avenue in Salisbury at around 9:15 a.m. when Darling was observed leaving in a Dodge van.  Darling was wanted on a violation of probation warrant from Dorchester County and warrants from Delaware.

Police attempted to stop Darling on Rt. 13 near Carroll Street. They said instead of stopping, Darling pulled onto Rt. 13 and deliberately hit an unmarked Maryland State Police Vehicle that had its emergency lights activated, before driving away. Maryland State Police troopers followed the van with assistance from the Salisbury Police department, Wicomico County Sheriff's Office, Fruitland Police Department and the U.S. Marshals service.

The pursuit continued south and north on Rt. 13 and surrounding roads, before ending in the parking lot of the Autozone located on the 1300 block of N. Salisbury Blvd.

Police said during the pursuit, a man who identified himself as Darling called 911 and advised emergency operators that he had a gun and was going to shoot himself.

Arresting troopers and police officers found Darling was wearing a bullet-proof vest and had a plainly visible handgun in the van that officers believed to be loaded.

Investigators are obtaining a search warrant for the van and will be processing it later Thursday.

During the pursuit, there was a minor crash between a police vehicle and a civilian vehicle with no injuries. Another crash occurred when stop sticks were deployed by the Fruitland Police Department and the suspect swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid them. An oncoming motorist swerved to avoid the suspect and hit a curb and parked car. The driver was not injured.      
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Darling is being charged with multiple crimes including first and second degree assault, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, as well as related firearm, drug and traffic charges.
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