Demetruis Demby wanted attempted murder of police officer in Cambridge this morning, all police agencies are on the look out.
MSP say the police-involved shooting occurred at about 12:30 a.m.Sunday, on the roadside in the 500-block of Leonard Lane. They say Cambridge Police Department Chief Kenneth Malik requested the investigation be conducted by Maryland State Police. State Police Homicide Unit investigators are conducting the investigation, which is standard procedure in police-involved shootings.
Through preliminary investigation, MSP have discovered that shortly before 12:30 a.m. Sunday, two officers with the Cambridge Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a 1995 Chevrolet truck for a traffic violation in the 500-block of Leonards Lane in Cambridge. MSP say Demby was the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle.
According to MSP, the observations and investigation of the officers during the traffic stop led them to request a K-9 unit to respond and scan the vehicle for possible drug violations. As the K-9 scan was being executed, Demby accelerated the truck and is believed to have driven directly at one of the officers while he was in front of the truck. MSP say that officer, fearing for his life, fired his pistol at Demby. A second officer, fearing for the life of his fellow officer, also fired his pistol. Both officers were carrying department-issued .40 caliber Glock pistols, according to MSP.
The officer in front of the truck then dove away as the truck passed him. MSP say it is unknown at this time if his injuries were sustained from the truck striking him, from the fall as he dove out of the way or both.
According to MSP, Demby continued to accelerate away, fleeing the scene. They say Cambridge police officers pursued Demby in his truck, but lost him within minutes.
A short time later, Demby's abandoned truck was located on Muir Street, a few blocks away from the traffic stop. MSP say the vehicle had damage consistent with gunshots and investigators saw what appeared to be blood in the vehicle. At this time, MSP say it is not known if the blood is Demby's, or if he was injured by a shot fired by police.
Maryland State Police investigators are in the process of obtaining search warrants to further the investigation. They are being assisted in their continuing investigation by uniformed officers and investigators from the Cambridge Police Department. The Dorchester County State's Attorney also responded to the scene and will continue to be consulted by investigators during the ongoing investigation into this incident. Upon completion of this State Police investigation into the police-involved shooting, it will be presented to the State's Attorney for review.
MSP say crime scene technicians are on the scene and will be collecting evidence when the warrants are obtained. State troopers from the State Apprehension Team have responded to the area and are leading the ongoing search for Demby.