ELKTON, Md. (AP/WJZ) — A state trooper has fatally shot a man in Elkton following a chase by car and on foot.

State police identified the man as Anthony Hammond Jr., 41, of Elkton. Police say the shooting occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Trooper Michael Cox was not seriously injured in the incident.

Investigators say Cox recognized Hammond’s vehicle earlier and knew Hammond was wanted on arrest warrants. Cox followed the vehicle, but it kept driving, turned off its lights and struck a parked car before two people fled.

Police say Cox chased Hammond on foot and saw him kick in the door of a townhouse. The trooper followed Hammond into the home, while repeatedly giving verbal commands to surrender.

Investigators say Hammond then ran toward Cox and tried to take the officer’s gun. That’s when Cox fired the pistol.

Hammond had apparently been living at the address, which is the home of his sister and her family. Six other people were in the home at the time of the shooting. A number of them told State Police investigators that they heard the trooper giving multiple verbal commands before the shooting.

No one else was injured.

Hammond was wanted on eight warrants for criminal charges in Maryland and multiple warrants for criminal charges in Delaware. The Maryland charges include three failure to appear bench warrants, as well as warrants for theft, credit card offenses, attempting to elude police, and telephone misuse/harassment.

Hammond was also driving on a revoked driver’s license.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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