UPDATE: Suspect shot by State Trooper charged with assault


UPDATE: CHESTERTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– Maryland State Police have charged a driver of a pick-up truck after he allegedly dragged a state trooper before being shot by that trooper early Saturday morning.

44-year-old Deny Coursey is charged with first and second degree assault, fleeing from police and reckless driving among other charges.

According to officials, the trooper located a suspicious vehicle around 3 a.m. When units arrived on scene, the suspicious vehicle was gone and the trooper was lying in a ditch. According to police, evidence shows the trooper may have been injured when he was dragged by the vehicle. The suspect was later found suffering from a gunshot wound.

Coursey is being held without bond at the Queen Anne’s Detention Center and the state trooper is now recovering from his injuries at home.


(CHESTERTOWN, Md.) — A Maryland state trooper and the driver of a suspicious vehicle were transported to shock trauma for injuries sustained during an apparent assault and trooper-involved shooting in Queen Anne’s County early today.

At this time, the preliminary investigation indicates that shortly before 3:00 a.m. today, the trooper was on patrol when he located a suspicious vehicle at the end of Rolph’s Wharf Road (300-block) near Chestertown.  The trooper called in a description of a 2001 Chevrolet truck.

Minutes later, the trooper called for backup, and as troopers and deputies responded to the area, the trooper on the scene did not respond to calls on his radio.  When units arrived, they found the trooper lying in a ditch and saw the suspect vehicle was not at the scene.  Evidence indicated the trooper may have been injured when he was dragged by a vehicle.

A lookout for the vehicle was broadcast and the vehicle was spotted by Queen Anne County Sheriff’s Office deputies.  The driver of the vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit ensued in the area of Woods Road and Pondtown Road.  The vehicle was eventually stopped.  Deputies and troopers took the suspect into custody and found he had what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the upper torso.  Troopers administered immediate emergency care and EMS units responded to the scene.  The suspect was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to shock trauma.

The trooper is a uniformed patrol trooper assigned to the Centreville Barrack and the suspect is an adult male believed to be from Queen Anne’s County.  Both are undergoing treatment at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

A motive for the suspect’s actions is not known at this time, and the investigation is continuing. 

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