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New Video Released in Salisbury Drowning Investigation

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A Salisbury police car is shown in front of the Wicomico River along Riverside Drive where a drowning occurred Sunday night. (Photo credit: Neil Daniel) A Salisbury police car is shown in front of the Wicomico River along Riverside Drive where a drowning occurred Sunday night. (Photo credit: Neil Daniel)
SALISBURY, Md. - Salisbury Police released new video Tuesday of a drowning that happened Sunday night in the Wicomico River.

The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. in the area of 530 Riverside Drive.

Detectives say they have identified and interviewed a number of witnesses to include two people who were chasing the victim at the time of the incident. Detectives also say they have reviewed video surveillance from several nearby locations which captured portions of the event. 

Police identified the victim as Lamar Byron Sheppard, 24, of Salisbury, on Monday. 

Salisbury Police said Tuesday that the investigation, which was conducted in conjunction with the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, revealed that the victim was being chased by three subjects after an apparent drug transaction which had taken place in the Newton Street area. Detectives say the victim ran towards Riverside Drive, specifically towards the public boat ramp area that sits behind the 500 block of Riverside Drive. They say the victim entered the water on his own accord in an apparent attempt to evade the individuals chasing him; however, the victim was unable to swim. Detectives say the people who were chasing Sheppard threw a hose to him, but he continued to struggle. Officers say a good Samaritan went into the river and pulled him onto the dock with help from the three people who chased him. Police say those three people then ran away. Sheppard was later pronounced dead at PRMC.

Police say the video released Tuesday was obtained from the surveillance system which is positioned on the opposite side of the river and, although it is dark, the video depicts critical points of the incident as it unfolds. In the video, police say the victim is seen approaching the boat dock from the north side of the building located at 530 Riverside Drive and going out onto a finger pier. Police say the video shows the three subjects who were chasing the victim, entering the camera view from the south side of the building located at 530 Riverside Drive, with one subject seen coming under the building located at 530 Riverside Drive. Police say the victim is seen entering the water on his own accord prior to the arrival of the subjects who are chasing the victim. Police say the video then shows the Good Samaritan approach the boat dock and enter the water in an apparent effort to save the victim. 

On Monday, police say the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completed an autopsy on Sheppard and determined that there was no obvious signs of trauma. The cause and manner of death have not been determined based on additional testing to be conducted by the Chief Medical Examiner, according to police. 

The investigation, which remains ongoing at this time, suggests that there is no foul play associated with the death of the victim, according to police. Upon consultation with the Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office, police say there is no evidence to support criminal charges in association with the drowning. Detectives are still working to identify the third individual who was chasing the victim. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Salisbury Police Department at (410) 548-3165 or Crime Solvers at (410) 548-1776.

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