Cops: Man stole from Target, hit cruisers before death

ABERDEEN, Md. (WUSA9) -- A burglary suspect was fatally shot by police after he rammed police cars that were pursuing him after a burglary, according to Maryland State Police. An officer was injured in the incident that ended at an I-95 rest area Friday morning.

According to Maryland Sate Police, shortly before 2:30 a.m. a burglary was reported at a Target store in Aberdeen. Officers from the Aberdeen Police Department later spotted the suspect fleeing the store. They say the suspect refused to stop for officers and rammed his vehicle into an Aberdeen Police patrol car. Officer Jason Easton, a nine-year-veteran of the Aberdeen Police Department, was injured and the police car was disabled, according to police.

Officers continued to pursue the suspect onto both north and southbound I-95, say police. At times, the car traveled at speeds up to 100 miles per hour. Authorities say that they even deployed stop sicks about five miles north of the Maryland House and that deflated a front tire, but the suspect continued to drive.

The pursuit ended on the I-95 southbound entrance ramp to the Maryland House rest area, according to state police. They say he rammed police cars from the Aberdeen Police Department and the Maryland State Police as he drove off the ramp entrance. his car then traveled off the side of the ramp and up an embankment. His car briefly stopped and officers went to approach his vehicle to take him into custody, say police. Police say that's when the suspect accelerated his car and drove at the officers.

Three state troopers and an Aberdeen officer then fired their guns at the suspect. Maryland State Police identified the troopers as Sergeant Edginel Torres, a 10-year veteran, Trooper First Class Daniel Rumaker, a five-year veteran, and Trooper Duane Freeman, a one-year veteran. The Aberdeen Police Department officer who fired his .45 caliber Glock pistol was identified as Sergeant Richard Clark, a 16-year veteran.

All four have been placed on administrative leave by their departments, say Maryland State Police.

The suspect was struck, say police. He was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after receiving first aid treatment. There, he was pronounced dead, say police.

The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Rajsaun A. McCray of Southeast Washington, D.C An autopsy will be conducted at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, say officials.

Officer Easton was transported to Harford Memorial Hospital and treated for injuries to his arm. He was released from the hospital later Friday morning.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is conducting the investigation. The Harford County State's Attorney will be reviewing the investigation.


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