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Man suspected of ramming State Police cruiser in Salisbury arrested

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A man accused of ramming and driving over a Maryland State Police trooper's vehicle in Salisbury last week was arrested Wednesday in Delaware, officials said.

Edwin L. Fletcher, 31, of Salisbury, was taken into custody without incident by Maryland State Police at about 6:30 p.m. at a home in Dover. On the evening of March 26, an undercover team of officers seeking Fletcher on a felony drug warrant had Fletcher surrounded as he sat in a pickup truck with another person in downtown Salisbury. Fletcher accelerated and drove over a state police cruiser with two troopers and a Wicomico County sheriff's deputy inside, police said.

Officers fired at the pickup truck, but Fletcher and the passenger were not struck and the vehicle was later found abandoned nearby. Salisbury University, about a mile and a half away from the incident, was temporarily placed on lockdown throughout the night as authorities searched for Fletcher.

The troopers and deputy in the car struck by the pickup truck were injured, and all three were treated at Peninsula Regional Medical Center and released.

Authorities did not release the identities of the Salisbury, Wicomico and state police officers who fired at Fletcher, saying the three work undercover in narcotics and gang units.

Fletcher faces charges that include multiple counts of first- and second-degree attempted murder and assault. Fletcher's criminal history includes narcotics distribution convictions in 2000 and 2002 and a resisting arrest conviction in 2011, in addition to other arrests in which charges were not pursued.

Police said Fletcher's relationship to those at the home where he was found in Dover was unknown. He is currently being held without bail in Delaware pending a hearing on his extradition to Maryland, and no attorney was listed for him in court records.

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