JOPPA, Md. (WJZ) — Two Maryland state troopers were injured early Saturday morning when a driver struck the back of a patrol car.
The troopers were identified as Zachary Shelley and David Stanley. Shelley has been a trooper for two and a half years; Stanley is a Trooper First Class and is a nine year veteran of the Maryland State Police. Both troopers were taken to local hospitals.
The driver was also injured. She’s been identified as Trina Emory. She was taken to Shock Trauma. Her condition is not known.
Shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, troopers from the Bel Air Barrack were on the scene of a reported armed robbery at a convenience store on Rt. 152 at Franklinville Road.
The preliminary investigation indicates Emory was southbound on Rt. 152 and failed to go around the stopped patrol car with its emergency lights on. The Volkswagen struck the rear of the patrol car with Trooper Shelley inside. TFC Stanley was on foot near the vehicles when the crash occurred. He sustained his injury when he jumped down an embankment to get out of the way of the Volkswagen after it struck the patrol car.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Charges are pending.
The robbery the troopers were investigating was reported at the Royal Farm Store on Rt. 152 at Franklinville Road shortly after 2:30 a.m. Police say two suspects, described as African-American males — one wearing a dark-colored poncho and one a green poncho — entered the store and committed a robbery. One suspect is believed to have displayed a handgun. The suspects may also have sprayed something in the store, possibly a chemical agent. The store employee reported the suspects left the store with cigarettes and an undetermined amount of cash.
No one was injured during the robbery. State Police criminal investigators are continuing the investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.
If you have information on the robbery, please call police.