- The Washington Times - Friday, August 28, 2020

A Maryland state trooper reportedly shot and killed a suspected impaired driver early Friday morning after the driver dragged the officer along the I-95 highway in an attempt to avoid a traffic stop.

The driver was identified later Friday morning by police as 36-year-old Baltimore resident Julio Cesar Moran-Ruiz.

In a statement, the Maryland State Police explained that Mr. Ruiz was pulled over after being seen swerving across multiple lanes shortly after 2 a.m.

When the trooper reached into the vehicle to turn off the ignition, the driver took off down the highway, dragging the officer more than 2,000 feet.

“Preliminary information indicates the trooper continued to yell at the driver to stop, but he refused to,” the statement read. “Fearing for his life while being dragged by the vehicle, the trooper fired his agency issued pistol at the driver.”

The trooper was found by another officer on the center median of the I-95 after being thrown from the vehicle.

The incident is being investigated by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit.

Police say they found multiple alcohol containers in the vehicle and a machete under the driver’s seat.

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