Sunday, July 9, 2017

Off-Duty Trooper Fires At Suspect Who Shot Another During Shootout In Wicomico Co

July 9, 2017

(SALISBURY, MD) – An off-duty Maryland state trooper working security interrupted an apparent shootout between two men, one of whom who is believed to have just shot the other on the parking lot of a Wicomico County restaurant early this morning.

The two deceased are identified as Michael T. Ward, Jr., 27, and Jaquan M. Griffin, 21, both of Salisbury, Md.  Both were transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where they were pronounced dead.

According to the preliminary investigation by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, at about 2:00 a.m. today, two Maryland state troopers were off-duty and working security at a 24-hr. restaurant in the 400-block Punkin Court, Salisbury.  One of the troopers noticed a large crowd outside on the east end of the parking lot.  He was calling the Salisbury Police Department to report the crowd when multiple shots were fired on the lot.

Upon hearing the shots, the second trooper came out and approached the east end of the parking lot on the side nearest the restaurant.  The preliminary investigation indicates the trooper saw a man, later identified as Ward, firing a handgun.  The trooper engaged him and Ward turned in his direction, firing at the trooper as he walked toward him.  In fear for his life, the trooper fired at Ward.

Moments later, a man later identified as Griffin, staggered into the restaurant from the parking lot and collapsed on the floor.  Two friends took him in their vehicle to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

EMS personnel responded and transported Ward to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.  Neither trooper on the parking lot was injured.  No one else on the parking lot reported being injured, however many of them left and did not wait to be interviewed by police.

At this time, Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators believe the initial shots on the parking lot occurred when Ward was shooting at Griffin, who may have returned fire.  A semi-automatic handgun was recovered beside Ward.  A second semi-automatic handgun was found in the parking lot in the area Griffin was believed to have been.

It is unknown at this time whether Ward was fatally wounded by the trooper or Griffin.  It is believed Griffin was struck by rounds fired by Ward. The bodies of both Ward and Griffin will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsies.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is continuing the investigation.  Interviews are being conducted and security camera footage from the restaurant and a nearby hotel is being reviewed.  Maryland State Police crime scene technicians are processing the scene for evidence.

The trooper who fired his Department-issued Glock .40 caliber pistol is a seven-year veteran of the Maryland State Police.  He has been placed on administrative leave which is routine whenever a trooper is involved in a shooting.

The Maryland State Police Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an investigation into the trooper-involved shooting.  This investigation is conducted whenever a trooper is involved in a deadly force shooting.

Homicide Unit investigators have been in contact this morning with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office.  Upon completion, the investigation by the Homicide Unit will be presented to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good job MSP, glad no officers were injured.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the information!!!! Some how I bet this is a problem of Sheriff Lewis or Mayor Day....A$$BURROW and his flunkies will put that spin on it for sure...LOL

Anonymous said...

We are safer today.

Anonymous said...

Boy Joe blames it on Day I think it's station 13 fault. I know Palidore had aomething to do with it.

Anonymous said...

Dude! You really need to seek professional help about this constant obsession with Joe Albero. It's really creepy. For your own good, get some help.

Anonymous said...

Thank God for the MSP. I must said I do not feel the least sorry for the thugs. Salisbury streets a little safer. Fools are taking each other out.

Anonymous said...

Albero & Palidore are up each others butt so. Boys are being shut do an I love it should have never got this far.

Anonymous said...

Joe Albero is a total jack ass that thinks he knows it all. Karma will get him just give it time.

Anonymous said...

3:58 -- Him heap big sitting Chief.....LOL

Anonymous said...

4:27 PM I have been praying for 10 years for him to get his comeuppance. I truly hope I live to see it

Anonymous said...

I don't know a Joe Albero......I know an A$$BURROW blogger...little man syndrome fellow, friends with an Alcoholic Bob....they sit in the dark corner on downtown plaza at "Sloppy Joe's"!! Sheriff Lewis waiting to kick his a$$!!! Is that the idiot you are referring to????

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Dude! You really need to seek professional help about this constant obsession with Joe Albero. It's really creepy. For your own good, get some help.

July 9, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Agreed

Anonymous said...



Jake Day: But Crime is Down in da 'Bury.

Me: No Dumb Ass, the only thing "Down" is two Ghetto thugs, Thank you Troopers!

Anonymous said...

Ho Hum-a stop the violence or something like that vigil going to be held tonight as if divine intervention is going to help. So incredibly stupid. The violence is NOT EVER going to stop until the community decides they are going to get honesty.
You can bet the 2 boys killed were from broken homes, multiple 1/2 siblings, no father in life, mother and/or father criminal themselves. It's ALWAYS without FAIL the same story BUT the community refuses to be HONEST and admit the problem is the breakdown of the family-NO MORE NO LESS. Women have to keep them legs CLOSED and STOP letting every criminal and thug mount them. They are really good at making babies like roaches BUT not only can't afford them BUT don't take proper care of them, letting thugs and criminals into the child's lives.
You can have all the vigils in the world BUT they will change NOTHING-NOTHING AT ALL. The only thing that is going to change anything is turning to the LORD in a REAL way. This includes making it shameful to be making these babies without fathers which is a SIN.

Anonymous said...

Dude, Dude, Dude you better go back to your "Jeff Spicoli" role, the gang at Ridgemont High are missing you!!!! Take your buddy A$$BURROW with you!!!! Ha Ha Ha LOL

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Another person that just don't get it. Instead of condemning the situation you should be praying for all involved. Two lives were lost unnecessarily. Families are hurting right now and trying to understand, why. We can raise our kids the right way, the best we know how, you included, and they still have a mind of their own to do wrong. Thank God the troopers were there and that no one else was hurt. What needs to change is your attitude and your mindset about the stereotype and the hype. Im praying for all involved and I'm praying for you as well.

Anonymous said...

Guess what the assholes at WBOC Top story was today ... POTHOLES....2Nd story ....Trooper thug shooting ??? That producer ia a clueless Asshole working with jake day on covering up crime.

Anonymous said...

10:52 you need to know before you open your pretty little mouth because one of them was raised by mom and dad and dad is a cop idiot.

Anonymous said...

12:31 Pray until you are blue in the face but it won't change a thing-A THING-do you understand-until someone has the honesty and the courage to tell it like it is. God does not answer the prayers of an immoral people and that is why all the violence. Someone has to be the bigger person the real Christian and tell it like it is-stop living in sin and things will get better. So have all the candle light vigils in the world and pray your head off but in the meantime keep digging those grave because it's going to do no good.

Anonymous said...

A police officer where 1:02? And which one? If this is true you won't have a problem responding but I think you are lying.

Anonymous said...

So the deceased were firing at each other before Ward turned and fired at the Trooper? I thought I saw somewhere the deceased were related?

Anonymous said...

1:46 think what you want but if you must know Salisbury city police but do your own investigation ,Griffin

Anonymous said...

*was-was a cop

Anonymous said...

6:32 was/is he will always be considered a cop

Anonymous said...

7:10 Don't be ridiculous. He will NOT "always be considered a cop." That is such nonsense and only proves your utter ignorance. Cops are ONLY cops when they are sworn in so is he a cop or not?
I don't see any entries for him on judiciary as a SWORN in LE official BUT I do see where he sued the Sby PD. What was that all about? Maybe one of those far fetched "I was fired because of my race" nonsense as opposed to the truth-he possibly did something unethical or illegal or performed poorly?

Anonymous said...

@ 1:02 If that is the case then the blame resides in the mentality of the Black community and until it is addressed by the Black residents YOU KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT !

Anonymous said...

8:38 and 6:25 in the eyes of people once a cop always a cop once a pig your always pork, and get a life posting at 6:25am, spineless POS.. JOHN.LIVINGSTON said.....

Anonymous said...

You must be a Christian.Neither one were thugs.Prejudice runs rampant in Salisbury, Md