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Man hits state trooper with car, is fatally shot by troopers

A man was fatally shot by state troopers in Salisbury Tuesday night after authorities said he struck and dragged a trooper with his car while trying to flee.

The man, who police identified as Winfield C. Fisher, 32, of the 6100 block of Westbrooke Drive in Salisbury, came to the Maryland State Police Salisbury Barrack at around 8:30 p.m. and asked a duty officer to check on a repair to his car that he had made after being issued a formal safety repair order, state police said.

The duty officer went outside with the man to check the car, then moments later, the trooper called for assistance and another trooper rushed over. The duty officer was found on the ground in the parking lot near Route 13 with injuries from being struck or dragged by a vehicle, and MSP officials said both troopers shot at the car as it fled.

The man was found in his car, where it came to rest about 150 yards away from the barrack, and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. The duty officer was treated for his injuries and released.

Investigators got a search warrant for Fisher's car and found marijuana inside, the state police said.

The two troopers, Corp. Anthony Meyers and Trooper Jeffrey Wilkins, have been placed on routine administrative leave, per police procedure after officer-involved shootings, state police said. Meyers has been with the state police for nine years; Wilkins has been with the agency for three.

The Maryland State Police's Homicide and Internal Affairs units will both be investigating.

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