A Delaware man was fatally shot by police Wednesday after he drove about 25 miles going the wrong way on Eastern Shore highways, then pointed a gun at a trooper, state police said. The incident happened hours after a separate nonfatal shooting Tuesday night by state police.
About 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Christopher D. Hale, 37, who was wanted by Anne Arundel County authorities, was driving an overdue rental car east in the westbound lanes of U.S. 50, police said. Pursued by various law enforcement officers, Hale drove along U.S. 301, refused to stop and ran into a ditch on a rural road, police said.
Four troopers and a Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer ordered Hale to show his hands, but he pointed a gun at a trooper, police said, causing three troopers and the MdTA officer to fire. Hale, whose weapon turned out to be a BB gun replica of a pistol, died at the scene.
Police identified those who fired as Tfc. Nathaniel L. Vansant, Tfc. John V. Hickey, Trooper James M. Pettit and MdTA Police Officer Brian R. Jordan. All were placed on routine administrative leave.
About 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Cecil County, a trooper shot Clyde S. Patterson III, 50, who is in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Drivers told police that Patterson, a voluntary resident of Perry Point Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was throwing large rocks along U.S. 40 and had hit several cars. One driver who confronted him told police that Patterson pulled a gun.
Two troopers found Patterson walking with one hand in his pocket and an American flag in the other hand, according to police. As a North East police officer warned Patterson that he would use a Taser, Patterson lunged at Tfc. James L. Parker, who shot him, police said.