The suspect Edwin Lamont Fletcher is still at large.
Last night around 8:15 PM I received a call from a witness who was at the scene in Downtown Salisbury when all hell broke loose. They witnessed the truck ram the police vehicle and watch the flash from the guns going off after what they stated was around TEN shots being fired off.
The truck continued to keep going and left the parking lot. That's when I got the call, LIVE from the scene. There was no backup at the time, (other than the Officers on the scene). We were not sure if the one person on the ground was a suspect or a Police Officer but later learned it was an Officer who had been placed on a stretcher and taken to PRMC.
A short time later Police were all over the Camden area where they had found the suspects truck. I started receiving calls from homeowners saying the Police were searching their yards and garages looking for someone.
With snow on the ground and multiple K9 units arriving, the suspect has still yet to be located. The Salisbury Police are supposed to be holding a Press Conference this morning with updates but we have yet to receive that information directly. I have contacted Chief Duncan with a request for an invitation but as I had mentioned to you earlier this week, Mayor Ireton refuses to allow Chief Duncan to contact me.
One thing I can assure each and every one of you, the entire Eastern Shore was on Salisbury News last night as NO ONE had this news up until hours later. Regardless of our differences, Mayor Jim Ireton needs to grow up and recognize that Salisbury News is by far bigger than ANY local news outlet and that can no longer be denied. Mayor Ireton needs to recognize, (EVEN FOR PUBLIC SAFETY WISE) that the Eastern Shore residents depend on us to deliver Breaking News well ahead of the rest of the Media.
For the safety of others, Ireton needs to stop this game and become a professional at what he does. The fact that we have to rely on INSIDE information instead of direct updates is ridiculous. This is clearly Jim's way of punishing Salisbury News, yet who is he really punishing, YOU. Funny how we still get the information out well before anyone else without his help anyway.
10 shots were fired last night while Officers surrounded the vehicle, even on foot and not one hit the suspect. Thank God my witness, (or anyone else) wasn't shot by a stray bullet, is all I can say.
UPDATE: Chief Duncan recently stated in a DT's article, We also continually work to educate our public, to reduce victimization.
Really Chief, seriously?