Troopers cleared in Salisbury barrack shooting

 

Criminal charges will not be filed against two Maryland State Police troopers involved in a shooting that killed a 32-year-old man in March.

At a press conference July 23, Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello said his office determined, after investigation and detailed interviews with the troopers, that no probable cause exists to charge Troopers Anthony Myers and Jeffrey Wilkins.

Maciarello’s report states on March 18, Winfield Fisher III went into the barrack on North Salisbury Boulevard for a repair order, but that Myers, working that night, smelled a strong odor of marijuana when Fisher entered the building.

He followed him out to his car and tried to detain him but Fisher’s car was running and he was determined to leave. Myers got pinned inside the open door and became fearful he would be run over and crushed by the vehicle if it raced out of the barrack.

Myers looked Fisher in the eye and shouted, “Don’t do this,” according to the report, but Fisher put his hand on the officer’s chest. Myers shot and fell. Fisher’s car fled and by then Wilkins was in the parking lot with Myers, calling for emergency help for Myers, who suffered injuries to his leg when the car ran over it.

Later that evening, Fisher died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to Maciarello’s report.

The report stated Fisher was on probation for felony distribution of marijuana and related charges at the time, stemming from 2012. His car registration was suspended and there was marijuana in his car. He could have been fearful knowing he might be sentenced to serve the remaining four years on his sentence and had jail time added, the report stated.

 

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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