Salisbury campus placed on lockdown while police hunted suspect

Salisbury University was placed on lockdown and a city-wide manhunt was underway late Wednesday evening after an officer-involved shooting near campus, police said.

Salisbury Police tweeted just before 10 p.m. that officers were involved in a shooting in the area of Parker Place.

A male suspect wanted connection with the incident was identified by Salisbury Police as Edwin Lamont Fletcher, 31. He is approximately 6-foot-2, 160 pounds, according to Maryland State Police.

According to a Maryland State Police news release, an undercover task force was investigating Fletcher, who was wanted on a warrant for drug felony charges. That task force, including state police, Salisbury police and Wicomico County Sheriff's officers, observed Fletcher and another person in a Dodge Ram pickup in a parking lot on Market Street in Salisbury, according to the state police news release.

Surrounded by police, the driver — believed to be Fletcher — "accelerated the truck [and] rammed head on into a trooper's car," police said. The Ram accelerated again, this time driving over the state police cruiser while the trooper was inside, the release said. Police then fired at the truck, and the Ram sped away from the scene. Officers located the abandoned truck on Camden Avenue, according to Maryland State Police.

The trooper in the car struck by the Ram was injured, as was a sheriff's deputy. Both were transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, police said.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit was conducting an investigation early Thursday. Police do not believe the suspect was struck by gunfire.

The Salisbury University campus was locked down during the incident. Calls to a Salisbury University spokesperson were not immediately returned Wednesday night.

At 12:15 a.m. Thursday, the university tweeted an "all clear" announcement.

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