HOWARD COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — State Police say a trooper shot and killed a man after he tried to drive away from traffic stop, dragging the trooper down I-95.
The man who died has been identified as 36-year-old Julio Cesar Moran-Ruiz, from Baltimore.
State Police say the trooper was working DUI enforcement on I-95 North in Howard County around 2 a.m. Friday when he saw a red Ford Escape weaving across multiple lanes of I-95. The trooper says he pulled the car over to the right shoulder of I-95 North near Route 100 in Elkridge.
State Police say Moran-Ruiz showed signs of impairment when two troopers who arrived on scene tried to talk with him. When they asked him to step out of the car, they say Moran-Ruiz refused.
Investigators say Moran-Ruiz put the car in drive, prompting the trooper on the driver’s side to try to grab the keys from the ignition. State Police say that’s when Moran-Ruiz accelerated and drove away, dragging the trooper more than 2,000 feet down I-95.
The trooper said he continued to yell at Moran-Ruiz to stop, but the car kept moving forward. State Police say the trooper feared for his life while being dragged by the car so he used his agency-issued gun to shoot at Moran-Ruiz.
Moran-Ruiz was shot and did not survive his injuries. The trooper was thrown from the car into the center median and was found by another trooper on scene.
The trooper involved was taken to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for treatment. There is no information about his condition.
State Police say several alcohol containers were found inside the car, as well as a machete under the driver’s seat.
Both troopers who were on scene are currently on administrative leave while the investigation continues. That’s procedure whenever a trooper is involved in a shooting. State Police have not identified the troopers involved.