Maryland police shot, suspect found dead

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A police officer was shot and wounded during a traffic stop on the eastern shore of Maryland Monday night and state police said the suspect was later found dead. Police stopped a Toyota Prius around 10 p.m. on eastbound Route 50 near the Vienna Scale House and approached the passenger side of the vehicle, police said in a news release. During the stop, police said the driver, Keiford Lee Copper III, 23, of Trappe fired at the police officer, hitting him multiple times, and the police officer returned fire. No one inside the vehicle was hit and Copper fled. A short time later, Delmar police found the Prius and followed it to a residential cul-de-sac, where police said Copper struck two cars and a tree as she tried to turn. Officers found Copper slumped over the wheel with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and died at the scene. the police said. The investigation will be turned over to the Wicomico County State's Attorney for review. The State Police Internal Affairs Unit is conducting a concurrent investigation. The wounded soldier, identified only as an 18-year veteran of the force, was released from the hospital and placed on routine administrative leave.

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