Shots Fired On CSX Tracks During Police Pursuit, Suspect At Large

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Maryland State Police and allied law enforcement agencies are searching for a suspect wanted in connection with a report of a stolen vehicle who led police on a multi-state pursuit this morning.

At approximately 1:45 a.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police North East Barrack began pursuing on MD 222 a vehicle reported stolen from Charles County. According to investigators, the initial pursuit began with police in Ocean City, Maryland and continued through Delaware before entering back into Maryland in Cecil County.

As the suspect entered Perryville, Maryland, he began to drive down the CSX railroad tracks. Perryville Police Department officers pursued the suspect down the tracks.  Officials said the suspect vehicle eventually stopped and turned around and then drove toward the Perryville officers, who were then on foot. At least one Perryville officer fired multiple rounds at the suspect vehicle. It was unknown if the suspect was struck. No one else was injured as a result of the shooting.

Investigators believe the suspect bailed out of the vehicle and ran into a wooded area by the tracks. A perimeter was set up by troopers from the North East and JFK barracks as well as Perryville police. Members of the Maryland State Police STATE team and K9 Unit also participated in the search effort.

The suspect remains at large and may be armed. Maryland State Police, along with the Perryville Police Department, CSX police and the Delaware State Police are continuing in the search effort. Police throughout the region have been notified.

Maryland State Police homicide detectives will be investigating the shooting by the Perryville police officer per request of their department.

Several of our readers have reported that police were searching the railroad tracks in  Wilmington and Elsmere. It is unclear if this is related to the pursuit.

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