A man wanted in South Carolina on murder charges cut his throat and wrist before police could arrest him after a chase along I-95 Thursday morning in Harford County, forcing the highway to be closed for about three hours.
Darryl Flowers, 35, of the first block of Elmwood Place in Goose Creek, S.C, was wanted on outstanding warrants for murder and assault with intent to cause serious harm with a weapon through Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.
Flowers is accused of showing up at a home in Berkeley County, S.C., around 4 p.m. Wednesday and fatally shooting his estranged wife, Tammy Flowers, 36, and wounding her two nieces, who were hospitalized, according to http://www.postandcourier.com.
Around 9 a.m. Thursday, a Maryland State Police trooper assigned to the JFK Barrack was on routine patrol on I-95 when he saw a green Ford Explorer heading north on I-95 just before Route 543, the Belcamp/Riverside exit.
When the trooper checked the South Carolina registration plate, he discovered the Explorer was reported stolen and may have been involved in a murder. Troopers attempted to stop the car, but Flowers allegedly refused.
Troopers used tire-deflating devices on the left shoulder and Flowers stopped just south of the Maryland House. As troopers approached his vehicle, they saw Flowers cut his throat and wrist with a box cutter.
Troopers immediately rendered assistance until emergency medical personnel from Harford County arrived on the scene. Flowers was taken to Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, where he remained under guard. He is being held on the murder warrants and awaiting extradition to South Carolina. The case will be forwarded to the Harford County State's Attorney to determine if local charges will be filed.
Members of the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division responded to the scene and have assumed the investigation. Crime Scene Technicians from the Maryland State Police Crime Lab also responded to process the scene.
Because of the nature of the incident, I-95 was shut down for about three hours. Members of the Maryland Transportation Authority assisted with road closures and detours.