Maryland State Police identify trooper who killed a man while being dragged on I-95

Maryland

ELKRIDGE, Md. (WDVM) — Maryland State Police have identified the trooper who shot and killed a man on I-95 Friday.

State Police say Trooper First Class Robert Kreczmer is a three-year veteran of Maryland State Police.

Trooper Kreczmer says he stopped a driver who appeared to be impaired just after 2 a.m. August 28. Investigators say Julio Cesar Moran-Ruiz put the vehicle in drive during the traffic stop, prompting Trooper Kreczmer to reach inside the vehicle to try to stop him.

While Moran-Ruiz was accelerating, Kreczmer held onto the car and was dragged nearly half a mile on I-95 near Route 100, according to State Police. Investigators say Trooper Kreczmer repeatedly asked Moran-Ruiz to stop the car or he would shoot, but Moran-Ruiz didn’t comply. That’s when Kreczmer says he fired his gun, killing Moran-Ruiz. The trooper was hospitalized but is expected to recover from injuries.

The trooper is still on routine administrative leave while the investigation continues.

MORE NEWS FROM WDVM

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Local News Headlines

Stay Connected

Events

Don't Miss

More Local News