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Trooper Shoots Man After Chase in Stolen Vehicle

The Baltimore Sun via YellowBrix

March 21, 2011

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. — A Maryland State Police trooper shot a New Jersey man in the hand after a high-speed chase on Interstate 95 that ended in Prince George’s County Sunday night, according to police.

At about 9:10 p.m., Thorne A. Wright, 23, was driving a GMC Envoy sport utility vehicle through the Fort McHenry Tunnel that Maryland Transportation Authority Police identified as stolen, police said. The vehicle had New Jersey license plates and had been reported stolen on Saturday.

Four MdTA officers tried to stop the car south of the tunnel but Wright, who has addresses in Woodside and Lakehurst, N.J., accelerated, and officers pursued.

He continued south on Interstate 95 and onto the inner loop of Interstate 495, reaching speeds of 90 mph before a state trooper was able to use stop sticks to deflate his front tire at Route 450, according to police.

Wright pulled over onto the right shoulder north of Exit 13, Richie Marlboro Road, police said. As officers and troopers attempted to arrest him, Trooper First Class Gabriel Lamptey, of Howard County’s Waterloo barrack, fired one shot that struck Wright in the hand.

He was taken first to Prince George’s Hospital Center and later Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, police said. Criminal and traffic charges are pending in Maryland, and Wright is also wanted in New Jersey on violation of probation.

Lamptey, who has been a trooper for more than three years, has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation by the state police’s internal affairs and homicide units, as is routine during trooper-involved shootings.


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    GodblessTexas

    about 3 years ago

    156 Comments

    good shooting!

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    BForJuvCor

    about 3 years ago

    846 Comments

    The perps behavior and actions posed a serious risk to the officer and community alike. Justified shoot and good work and i hope this POS gets his just dues.

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    USLawman1983

    about 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    Let the investigation reveal the facts. Of course, we're going to support our own. And the family of the perp will support him. The perp's actions put this scenario in play.

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    Whalewatcher

    about 3 years ago

    10926 Comments

    If Mr. Wright had pulled over and stopped at the very beginning, he would not have been shot, innocent people and officers alike would not have been endangered, and there would not even be a story like this here. Everything that occured, happened because Mr. Wright chose to run from the police. Choices and consequences ......

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    Braindart

    about 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    Being a Violator IS a concern, stolen car: another CONCERN. Resisting Arrest is BIG concern. Why do people try to defend recidivist perps?

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    darsavmo

    about 3 years ago

    11344 Comments

    And, I lay odds that if Wright was not actually armed with a weapon, he had that cell phone in his hand that is mentioned below by DetrahWright, and that is more than enough grounds for being shot.

    And, no LEO wants to kill anyone Detrah, but many if not most perps like your son would not think twice about killing an LEO if they think they could escape and not go to jail.

    Would your son have killed that Trooper if he had a chance and could have gotten away Detrah?

    I think the odds are he would have...

    Or did he try to commit suicide by cop because he did not want to go back to prison in NJ?

    Too bad that Trooper was apparently a good shot and only shot him in the hand instead of killing him, as now he will probably serve time in MD before being returned to NJ for some more time. You may have some long commutes ahead if you intend to visit him in MD from NJ or vice versa if you live in MD...

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    DetrahWRIGHT

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Again:
    This is my son who I love dearly. You all need to think about this (Who was on the phone doing the arrest and what was hear and was said.) There could be a few people out of a job once when it is reported to the Sheriff. Yes, my son did a wrong thing. My deepest heart apologies to everyone involved that has been effected by my son's wrongful thinking. Please keep in mind his family has been effected by this as well. He's my only child. I thank you for not KiLLiNG him as I know YOU wanted to.

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    shantewright

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    THIS IS THE LAST THING IM GOING TO SAY BEING A VIOLATER IS NOT YOUR CONCERN ONE BECAUSE THAT NOT WHY HE IS IN CUSTODY AND AS MY MOTHER IN LAW SAID OUR DEEPEST APOLOGIES GOES OUT TO ALL THAT WAS AFFECTED BY MY HUSBAND WRONGFUL DOING BUT THE SHOOTING WAS UNCALLED FOR HE WAS NOT ARMED NOR A THREAT SO BECAUSE WE WASN'T THERE MEANS WHAT U HAVE TO UNDERSTANDMY HUSBAND IS SOMEONE SON AND FATHER HE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN RIGHT BUT HE STILL LOVED AND THE FOR SOMEONE TO CALL MY MOM IN LAW A IDIOT PARENT WAS ANOTHER UNNECESSARY STATEMENT BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY MOST OF YOU COPS HAVE NO RESPECT FOR ANYWAY WE STATEDWHAT HE DID WAS NOT RIGHT BUT YOU GUYS STILL NEED TO DEVELOP RESPECT DO THEY TEACH YOU THAT

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    Braindart

    about 3 years ago

    14 Comments

    Good Job Trooper Lamptey, and a safe career going forward. Too bad there's idiot parents in the world that create and support this situation like DetrahWRIGHT

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    darsavmo

    about 3 years ago

    11344 Comments

    While I'm sure the family members below feel their husband/son should not have been shot, they were not there at the moment of the arrest/shooting.

    What is undisputed is that he was a probation violator in a stolen vehicle driving at 90 mph, failed to pull over until stop sticks were used, and then apparently resisted arrest. What about all the innocent people on the roadway that could have easily been injured or killed during this pursuit by Wright? What did Wright do that the Trooper felt he needed to shoot? Was Wright armed and trying to kill the Trooper?

    Wright is very lucky he was only shot in the hand as far as I'm concerned and lucky he is not in the County morgue awaiting autopsy...

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    DetrahWRIGHT

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    This is my son who I love dearly. You all need to think about this (Who was on the phone doing the arrest and what was hear and was said.) There could be a few people out of a job once when it is reported to the Sheriff. Yes, my son did a wrong thing. My deepest heart apologies to everyone involved that has been effected by my son's wrongful thinking. Please keep in mind his family has been effected by this as well. He's my only child. I thank you for not KiLLiNG him as I know YOU wanted to.

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    HEYSARGE

    about 3 years ago

    16734 Comments

    Double thumbs up on the arrest!

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    HEYSARGE

    about 3 years ago

    16734 Comments

    Don't run from the police......Simple!

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    shantewright

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    THIS IS A PERSON YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU GUYS ARE TALKING ABOUT MY HUSBAND LIKE HE IS SOME TYPE OF MONSTER AND HE IS NOT HE DID WRONG AND JUSTICE WAS SERVED BUT AAT THE SAME TIME MAKING STATEMENTS ABOUT HIS HAND AND THINGS IN THAT NATURE IS A LITTLE UNCALLED FOR I THINK YOU GUYS REALLY NEED TO THINK ABOUT THE THINGS YOU SAY BEFORE YOU SAY IT THANKS

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    rafaelmorales

    about 3 years ago

    3000 Comments

    great job

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