- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 12, 2006

11:28 a.m.

WOODLAWN, Md. — A Maryland state trooper was wounded and a suspect was shot and killed when members of a special police task force attempted to serve a warrant at a home in Woodlawn early today.

The officers were attempting to arrest a suspect in a home invasion and kidnapping in Eldersburg that had occurred Thursday.

The wounded officer, Trooper 1st Class Eric D. Workman, was hit in the left shoulder and was “critically ill and on full life support,” said a doctor at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

“This is not over by a long, long shot,” said Dr. Thomas Scalea, who added that he had treated Trooper Workman several years ago and had gotten to know him both as a police officer and a friend.

Police did not immediately release the name of the suspect.

The shooting occurred about 5 a.m. in the Woodlawn area of Baltimore County, just west of the county’s border with the city of Baltimore.

Members of the task force, including Trooper Workman and county officers, were looking for a second suspect in the Eldersburg home invasion, said Lt. Col. Michael J. Fischer, chief of the Field Operations Bureau of the state police.

The officers encountered the suspect in the Woodlawn home. The suspect fired, striking Trooper Workman, and was then shot and killed, Col. Fischer said.

Col. Fischer said Trooper Workman has been with the force since 1997, is highly decorated and is known for his dedication and tenacity.

“He’s known as one tough trooper,” Col. Fischer said at a press conference in front of the trauma center.

On Thursday, two men burst into an Eldersburg home and restrained two men and a woman with handcuffs and duct tape.

When another man arrived at the home, he also was handcuffed, and one of the suspects took him to a Randallstown address, authorities said.

The abduction victim’s family contacted Baltimore County police, who found the victim and one of the suspects in Randallstown. Officers arrested Ronald J. Presco, 36, of Baltimore.

The second suspect fled the Eldersburg home before state police arrived.

Col. Fischer said the investigation led to an arrest warrant for the suspect at the Woodlawn address, which officers were attempting to serve this morning.

Dr. Scalea said he got to know Trooper Workman when the trooper was treated at the trauma center in 1998 after a car hit him while he stood on the shoulder of the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County.

The impact sent him flying 60 feet into another trooper, who tried to break Trooper Workman’s fall.

Trooper Workman and the other officer had been flagging down speeding drivers. As he approached a car the troopers had ordered to the shoulder, three approaching vehicles suddenly slowed and collided with each other.

Another driver, trying to avoid that crash, swerved onto the shoulder and struck Trooper Workman.

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